PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Looks like ``Duck Season'' will last just a week for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that Mason Rudolph will return to the starting lineup when he is cleared to return from a concussion sustained against Baltimore on Oct. 6. Rookie Devlin ``Duck'' Hodges filled in nicely for Rudolph during a 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers last week, but Tomlin didn't hesitate when asked if Rudolph will play once he's available.
``(Rudolph) is our quarterback when he clears the protocol and it's as simple as that,'' Tomlin said. ``Appreciate the efforts of `Duck' and so forth, but as soon as (Rudolph) is ready to go, he's ready to go.''
Rudolph left in the third quarter of an overtime loss to Baltimore on Oct. 6 when he was knocked unconscious after taking a shot to the head by Ravens safety Earl Thomas. He recovered in time to practice in a limited capacity next week but was inactive for the Steelers in Los Angeles. Pittsburgh is off this week and doesn't play again until hosting Miami on Monday, Oct. 28.