Hodges originally exited having completed seven of his nine passing attempts for 53 yards, but the two on which he misfired were both intercepted.
"Take care of the ball or we have decisions to make," Tomlin told reporters, via ESPN.com. "Duck didn't take care of the ball, so we made a decision. ... Mason's health is an element of the equation."
The rookie's initial removal came after throwing five interceptions over the last eight possessions of his starting reign. The other three drives were three-and-outs.
Hodges previously replaced Rudolph after the latter struggled midseason. It's a continuation of a starting-QB carousel for the Steelers, who lost Ben Roethlisberger to injury early in the season. From there, Rudolph took over, but was initially replaced when he was injured. Hodges filled in, Rudolph came back and on and on the Steelers' starting quarterback spot has gone round and round.