"I didn't go high. I didn't intentionally try to hurt him," Thomas said, per The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. "I'm worried about him. I heard he's at the hospital. My prayers go out to him and his family. I've never tried to hurt anybody. At the end of the day, guys have families."
The Steelers confirmed Rudolph suffered a concussion and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
After Rudolph released the ball on a throw to James Washington, Thomas' helmet hit him on the left side of his jaw. He appeared to be out as his head hit the turf.
The second-year passer remained motionless on the ground as Steelers trainers quickly tended to him. He was eventually able to sit up and return to his feet before heading back to the locker room.
Although Thomas was assessed a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer, many argued that didn't go far enough given the hit.
Devlin Hodges finished the game at quarterback, going 7-of-9 for 68 yards as the Steelers fell 26-23 to Baltimore in overtime.
At the very least, Thomas is likely facing a $28,075 fine, which is the standard punishment for a first offense of "impermissible use of the helmet."