Rudolph was inactive for Pittsburgh's 16-13 win over Cincinnati in Week 17.
Drafted as the heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger, Rudolph finished his rookie season without ever taking a snap. He has three years remaining on his current contract and will compete with Josh Dobbs for the backup quarterback job in 2019.
Rudolph is inactive for Sunday's game against Cleveland due to coach's decision, Teresa Varley of the Steeler's official site reports.
Rudolph lost the battle for the backup slot to Joshua Dobbs, and the team has no need to suit up three quarterbacks in Week 1. Rudolph will likely suit up if the team faces injuries and doesn't need to scratch healthy players.
Joshua Dobbs beat out Landry Jones for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, but the Steelers weren't inclined to let the Rudolph go in favor of the longtime backup. The Steelers do not usually dress three quarterbacks, which means Rudolph will likely be inactive, at least to begin the season.
Rudolph will get an extended look in Thursday night's preseason game at Green Bay, Bob Labriola of Steelers.com reports. "We will not play selected veteran players," said coach Mike Tomlin. "Ben (Roethlisberger) won't play. It's really about an opportunity to get a legitimate evaluation of the guys who do play."
It is still unclear if Rudolph or Joshua Dobbs will start the game, or how playing time between the two will shake out, but neither Roethlisberger (concussion) nor Landry Jones will play. While this is still considered to be an open competition, smart money is leaning towards Rudolph, a rookie third-round pick, to earn a roster spot this season.