Rashard Mendenhall Injury: Latest Updates on Steelers RB's Achilles

Darin Pike@darinpikeContributor IOctober 11, 2012

Rashard Mendenhall left the third quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 6 loss to the Tennessee Titans with an Achilles injury, his team trailing 16-13 at the time.

UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 9:35 a.m. ET

Rashard Mendenhall will start tonight for the Steelers against the Ravens, according to Steelers.com's Missi Matthews per Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin.

"Mendenhall is going to start tonight. He's healthy, and so we're going to do that, but you're going to see all of the backs" - Tomlin

— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) November 18, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, November 16 at 1:05 p.m. ET by Ryan Davenport

It looks like the Steelers will be joined on the field by one of their top offensive weapons against Baltimore, as Rashard Mendenhall will be starting on Sunday night, according to James Wexwell of the Uniontown Herald-Standard. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 15 at 1:45 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Here is some exciting news for Mendenhall fantasy owners—the running back looks like he's in line for the start this week according to Isaac Redman (via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette):

Isaac Redman said it looks like Rashard Mendenhall will start at running back against Ravens.

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) November 15, 2012

Unlike past years, a game against the Ravens is actually a great matchup from a fantasy standpoint. Make sure Mendenhall is back in your starting lineup.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 13 at 12:55 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Though he's still struggling to return from an Achilles injury, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for Rashard Mendenhall. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is currently listed as questionable for next Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens:

Tomlin: Mendenhall questionable

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) November 13, 2012

Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman have both filled his spot admirably, the Steelers can afford to play it safe with Mendenhall. However, the Steelers are just a game behind Baltimore and would love nothing more than to get one up on their rival.

Having a healthy Mendenhall certainly would not hurt that cause.


UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 7:20 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Rashard Mendenhall will not be playing for the Steelers in their Monday night matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs

The Steelers Digest's Bob Labriola reported the list of inactive players for Pittsburgh. 

Inactives: CBatch, VanDyke, Mendenhall, Polamalu, Sylvester, Gilbert, ABrown

— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) November 12, 2012

Given Kansas City's struggles this season and the excellent recent performances from the Steelers, Mendenhall's absence should have little impact on his team's ability to win this game. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 6 at 12:25 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Good news coming out of Steelers camp, as Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Mendenhall is going to practice with the team this week. 

#Steelers Tomlin: Mendenhall will get some work this week. Questionable.

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) November 6, 2012

Mendenhall has not played since October 11 against Tennessee when he had six yards on six carries. The Steelers finally found a running game last week with Isaac Redman going for 147 yards against the Giants. 

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UPDATE: Friday, November 2nd at 1:40 p.m. ET by Ryan Davenport

According to Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times, the Steelers will be without two of the team's top backs for Sunday's game against the reigning Super Bowl champs at MetLife Stadium.

Steelers won't have RBs Mendenhall & Dwyer Sunday vs. NY. They are officially listed as doubtful, but they will not play.

— Mike Bires (@mikebires) November 2, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 30 at 12:40 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, Mendenhall is going to participate in "individual drills on Wednesday." That will likely allow the Steelers to determine his status for Week 9 against the New York Giants

After last week's game against Washington, which saw Jonathan Dwyer run for 107 yards on just 17 carries, the Steelers might be feeling a little better about their running back situation. 

Of course, Hensley's report also says Dwyer won't practice until Thursday with a quad injury. The Steelers' running backs as a whole are ailing right now, so this will be a critical week for Mendenhall and Dwyer in practice. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 28 at 12:19 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that both Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman are inactive this week.

Steelers deactivated RBs Mendenhall and Redman. Dwyer starts again.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2012

With both running backs still injured, the Steelers will need to rely on Jonathan Dwyer to have another big week.

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UPDATE: Friday, October 26 at 1:05 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Rashard Mendenhall has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall will not play this weekend, but is on schedule to return in Week 9. Could be another big week for Dwyer

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 26, 2012


This would have been more alarming news heading into last week, but reserve running back Jonathan Dwyer proved last week he can handle the workload in the offense. Dwyer finished with 122 rushing yards on 17 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals

Fantasy owners should try to grab the third-year player if he is still available. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, October 25 at 3:40 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Not much has changed from yesterday on Mendenhall's status, which is bad news for the Steelers. Longtime beat writer Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times has the latest ominous report from Thursday's practice:

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall missed practice again today so don't figure on him playing Sunday vs. Skins

— Mike Bires (@mikebires) October 25, 2012


Pittsburgh's 26th-ranked ground game showed signs of life against Cincinnati in Week 7, as Jonathan Dwyer filled in nicely. But Mendenhall is clearly the team's best all-around option in the backfield.

Stay tuned for more as the Steelers' Sunday matchup with the Washington Redskins approaches.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 24 at 4:19 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rough news for Steelers fans and fantasy owners as Rashard Mendenhall missed practice today, according to Steelers Digest's Bob Labriola.

Missing practice 2day: Gilbert, Mendenhall, Troy, Redman, Worilds (illness) and Dwyer (excused). Pouncey and Carter full participants.

— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) October 24, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 23 at 1:25 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Rashard Mendenhall may finally return to action this Sunday. 

Mike Bires of the the Beaver County Times reported via Twitter that there is optimism surrounding the running back's condition. 

RBs rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) & Isaac Redman (ankle) have a chance to play Sunday vs. Redskins #steelers

— Mike Bires (@mikebires) October 23, 2012

Fantasy owners should certainly wait for official word on his status before tossing him back into their lineups, but this is certainly positive news for his ability to play against Washington. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 21 at 7:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Rashard Mendenhall has officially been listed on the the Pittsburgh Steeler's list of inactive players for the team's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy reported the list of Steelers who will miss the game via Twitter. 

#steelers inactives Batch, Redman, Mendenhall, Polamalu, Pouncey, C.Carter, Gilbert

— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) October 21, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, October 21 at 12:25 p.m. ET by Alex Kay 

As expected, Steelers starting running back Rashard Mendenhall is inactive today for the Week 7 matchup vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus confirmed the absence.  

The fifth-year man out of Illinois missed the first three games and the Week 4 bye with a knee injury and damaged his Achilles in a Week 6 contest against the Tennessee Titans.

This injury is unfortunate, as the Steelers will also be without backup RB Isaac Redman, leaving Jonathan Dwyer and Baron Batch as the players most likely to get snaps out of the backfield.

We’ll keep you updated right here with the latest breaking news, information and updates on Mendehall’s injury and his timetable for a return.  

UPDATE: Friday, October 19 at 1:10 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette takes to Twitter to provide more ominous injury news to Steeler fans:

RBs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman did not practice and will not play in Cincinnati. Still a chance for C Maurkice Pouncey.

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) October 19, 2012


Without Mendenhall and Redman in the fold, third-year back Jonathan Dwyer will likely get the nod as the starter. An Achilles injury can turn very serious rather quickly, so the Steelers are making the right call in not rushing Mendenhall back especially after just returning from an ACL injury.

Pittsburgh has the 30th-ranked rushing offense in the NFL, and will need a big game from Dwyer on Sunday night in Cincinnati to keep the depleted Steeler defense off the field as much as possible.

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UPDATE: Thursday, October 18 at 4:05 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall missed practice for the second day in a row on Thursday, according to Ed Bouchette of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


#STEELERSCarter, Gilbert, Troy, Mendenhall, Redman miss pract. Pouncey is limited. Timmons back after missing Wed.

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 18, 2012


He has not been ruled out for Sunday's game, but things do not look promising at this time.

Unfortunately, the potential fantasy replacements on the team have already proven to be inefficient in the starting job. Look other places to fill your lineup.  

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 16 at 12:21 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) is currently considered day-to-day, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette

Pouncey, Mendenhall, Redman day to day for #Steelers

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 16, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, October 16 at 10:32 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Steelers fans and fantasy owners as Mendenhall is expected to be okay following his Achilles injury suffered against the Titans in Week 6. Beaver County Times' Mike Bires has the latest:

'It was just irritated,' he [Mendenhall] said...

'It’s a little tight,' said Mendenhall, who didn’t practice Monday. 'I'll just continue to work on it and get treatment. Hopefully, it will get better. But I’m planning on being able to play (against the Bengals).'

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UPDATE: Monday, October 15, 11:59 a.m. ET by Donald Wood 

Despite leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 6 game against the Tennessee Titans early, running back Rashard Mendenhall and his Achilles injury should be ready for action in Week 7.

CBS NFL insider Jason La Canfora is reporting on Twitter about Mendenhall’s status for Sunday’s game:

Sounds like Woodley (hamstring), Mendenhall (Achilles) and Pouncey (knee) all have good shot to play for Steelers Sun, Polamalu probably not

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 15, 2012

After recovering from knee surgery, many Steelers fans and fantasy owners were terrified by the Achilles damage, but small injuries tend to plague players coming back from bigger ailments.

While it could be a few games before he gets his rhythm back, Mendenhall will be an effective starter once again when he returns to full health.

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According to the NFL Network telecast and Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest, at the time his return was questionable:

Mendenhall has an injured Achilles, and his return is questionable. Redman's injury is to his ankle, and his return is probable.

— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) October 12, 2012

Mendenhall returned to the lineup just last week following knee surgery. He is an important factor for the Steelers.

The Pittsburgh offense needs Mendenhall's running abilities to give it a true ground threat. He also expands options for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger relative to the play action.

Mendenhall hadn't been used much against the Titans. He'd posted just six yards on six carries and had one reception for 11 yards.

The Steelers used him more extensively last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, where he had 68 rushing yards on 13 carries to go with 33 yards on three receptions, including one touchdown.

Baron Batch picked up the slack for Mendenhall. Unfortunately, he could only muster 22 yards on 10 carries on the night, which did include a one-yard touchdown run to help the Steelers reclaim the lead, 20-16.

Bleacher Report will provide additional information as it becomes available.


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