Rashard Mendenhall to start for Pittsburgh Steelers
- By Kareem Copeland
- Around the League Writer
- Published: Nov. 18, 2012 at 10:14 a.m.
- Updated: Nov. 18, 2012 at 11:45 a.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced running back Rashard Mendenhall will start aginst the Baltimore Ravens, according to the team website. Mendenhall missed the last four games with an Achilles injury.
Running backs coach Kirby Wilson previously said Mendenhall would return to the starting lineup when healthy. Backups Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman raised the question with their play in his absence. Dwyer averaged 95 rushing yards in three games while Mendenhall was sidelined. Redman ran for 146 yards on 26 carries against the Giants in Week 9.
The Ravens will likely see a combination of all three on Sunday, considering Mendenhall hasn't had game action in more than a month. The Steelers would love to get Mendenhall and the ground game rolling with Ben Roethlisberger out. That'll be easier said than done since the Ravens defense doesn't have to worry about the quarterback's play-making ability. Byron Leftwich just doesn't have the same skills inside or outside the pocket.