Steelers rookie QB Hodges to start vs. Chargers

Hodges, who set a Football Championship Subdivision record for career passing yards at Samford before the Steelers signed him following a May tryout, drew praises from his more experienced teammates for his poise against the Ravens. They don’t expect that to change now that he’s had a full week to prepare.

“One thing about Hodges is he’s going to throw it regardless,” wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said. “He trusts it to us, he puts it out there ... Either we catch it, nobody catches it, and that’s when he runs it. He’s very confident in the huddle.”

Wide receiver James Washington (shoulder), linebacker Mark Barron (hamstring), running back Jaylen Samuels (knee) and fullback Rosie Nix (knee) are also out. Cornerback Steve Nelson (groin) is questionable.

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