Steelers’ QB Rudolph suffers posterior sternoclavicular injury

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph suffered an injury more severe than initially diagnosed. He was initially diagnosed with a season-ending shoulder injury.

He was injured in Week 16 against the New York Jets. The Post-Gazette is reporting that he also suffered a “posterior sternoclavicular dislocation.”

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph handles the ball off to Jarvion Franklin against the Carolina Panthers
Mason Rudolph handles the ball off to Jarvion Franklin against the Carolina Panthers (Getty Images)

The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy said in an article on the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health website that the injuries are rare. This injury, according to them, happens in Rugby players and football players.

“The potential severity of a posterior SC joint dislocation provides multiple challenges for clinicians involved in the emergency care and treatment of this condition,” the post said. “Integration of clinical examination observations, rapid critical thinking, and appropriate diagnostic imaging are often required to provide the best management and outcome for the injured athlete.

“The criterion for return-to-play and participation in collision sports after suffering a posterior dislocation of the SC joint are unclear due to the rarity of this injury.”

The Post-Gazette is reporting that Rudolph will be back to full strength in two months.

The 24-year-old Rock Hill, South Carolina native was a third-round pick by the Steelers in the 2018 NFL Draft. He appeared in 10 games, including eight starts, in 2019.

He went 176 of 283 for 1,765 yards. He also threw 13 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

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