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Breaking: Steelers Announce Starting QB vs. Browns

A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet sitting on the field.

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01: A detailed view of a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially made a change at quarterback. Mason Rudolph will not be the starter this weekend when they face the Cleveland Browns.

Rudolph has struggled in recent weeks both on and off the field. Two weeks ago, the second-year quarterback threw four interceptions against the Browns - albeit that wasn't the worst part of that game for him.

Last weekend, the Steelers were trailing to the winless Cincinnati Bengals because Rudolph couldn't move the chains. As a result, head coach Mike Tomlin benched him for Devlin Hodges.

Hodges immediately moved the Steelers down the field and even connected on a long touchdown pass to James Washington. His relief performance resulted in a comeback victory for Pittsburgh.

Since the Steelers have an excellent defense and are firmly in the playoff picture, the coaching staff is going with Hodges over Rudolph.

ESPN insider Adam Schefter confirmed the news that Hodges will start this Sunday.

Hodges made his first start this season in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers. He threw for 132 passing yards, one touchdown and an interception.

The irony of this move for the Steelers is that Rudolph won't get the chance to play against the Browns on Sunday.

Kickoff for this game is at 1 p.m. ET from Heinz Field.