Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson stated Rashard Mendenhall will start for the team once he is healthy according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This is great news for Mendenhall's fantasy owners, but not so much for fantasy teams with Isaac Redman or Jonathan Dwyer.
According to the article, Mendenhall is not expected to play in Monday's game at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. Wilson also went on to say, "Rashard is the complete package—power, speed, explosiveness. He is the guy who can take a 10-yard run and make people miss and get 20 more."
Mendenhall is currently suffering from an achilles injury which has limited to only 19 carries for 74 yards and no touchdowns in less than two full games of action this season. He has also been a threat out of the backfield when healthy, catching four balls for 44 yards and one score.
The article also went on to state that even though Mendenhall will get the first crack at the majority of the carries once he returns, the Steelers have said they will go with the "hot-hand approach" if Mendenhall is not performing.
This approach raises quite a few concerns for all fantasy owners that possess any of the three Steelers running backs. It is essentially walking on hot lava with any of them as you don't know who will perform up to par week-to-week.
It definitely is somewhat of a good sign for Mendenhall owners, as we know there is a good chance he will run with the opportunity to be the feature back.
Stay tuned for more.