Steelers to start rookie Hodges in rematch with Browns

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Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- It's officially "Duck season" again in Pittsburgh.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that rookie quarterback Devlin "Duck" Hodges will start on Sunday when the Steelers (6-5) face Cleveland (5-6).

Hodges came on in relief of an ineffective Mason Rudolph in a 16-10 victory over Cincinnati, throwing for a 79-yard touchdown to James Washington on his third snap that gave Pittsburgh the lead for good.

Tomlin stressed the decision is for one game only and did not commit to starting Hodges for the rest of the season. Tomlin added the decision was based on a variety of factors but downplayed the role of Rudolph's ugly confrontation with Browns defensive end Myles Garrett at the end of Cleveland's 21-7 victory on Nov. 14.

The start will be Hodges' second this season. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 132 yards with a touchdown and an interception while filling in for an injured Rudolph in a victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 13.