Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced the decision on Tuesday, pointing out how the team has already clinched a playoff spot and may decide to rest more starters.
“It does not change our intentions. … football is a game,” Tomlin said. “Our job is winning. We intend to do our job. .. we’re not seeking comfort. We’re not grading ourselves on a curve. … the standard that is the Pittsburgh Steelers will be the standard.”
It’s interesting timing for Rudolph to start, as it comes a year after the infamous fight with Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, who was suspended for ripping off Rudolph’s helmet, swinging it and hitting Rudolph in the head with it, during the closing seconds of the game.
The Browns can make the playoffs with a win over the Steelers on Sunday.