Tomlin: 'We're going to start Duck this week'

When Coach Mike Tomlin holds his weekly news conference at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, it's always an anticipated event, if for no other reason than it provides the first bits of news on the injury situation and what that situation might hold for the game against the upcoming opponent. Today's session held a bit of extra intrigue, because it was expected that Tomlin would announce who would be the team's starting quarterback against the Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Heinz Field.

Tomlin didn't keep people waiting long for the decision.

"We met as a staff, and we decided we're going to start Duck this week," said Tomlin, using a nickname that has come to define Devlin Hodges. "And really, the decision is clear for us, and there are some really clear reasons why. Like I talked about after the Bengals game, I thought he provided us a spark in-game, and I'm hopeful he's capable of continuing to provide that spark as we step into this stadium (on Sunday).

Keep checking back at for more on this decision, including Tomlin's assessment of what this means for Mason Rudolph's career with the Steelers, as well as his most up-to-date injury information on whether James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster are progressing toward being able to play in Sunday's critical AFC North rematch.

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