Rashard Mendenhall Injury: Updates on Cardinals Star's Toe
Updates for Sunday, Nov. 10:
Darren Urban of AZCentral.com confirms Rashard Mendenhall is active for Week 10:
From Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com:
Arians: When Mendenhall returns healthy, RBs will be evaluated but "I'm sure he'll resume his role."— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) October 28, 2013
Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported on Sunday, Oct. 27 morning that he would be unable to play when the Arizona Cardinals face the Atlanta Falcons.
Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall will not play today vs. Atlanta due to a toe injury; rookie RB Andre Ellington will start.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2013
While Mendenhall has received the majority of the carries in Arizona, he has struggled with just 281 yards (3.1 yards per carry) and three touchdowns on the season. That has opened the door for rookie Andre Ellington to play a bigger role in this offense, and he has responded, making a major impact in the passing game (20 receptions for 190 yards and a touchdown).
Ellington has also been effective when he's been handed the ball, as he's averaging 6.4 yards per carry.
Mendenhall's role as the early-down back will likely be restored upon his return, however, as head coach Bruce Arians has already said he plans on limiting Ellington's snaps per game this season (via Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports in early October):
Arians mentioned Ellington role will be about 30-32 snaps per game, doesn't have the body type to take on more throughout a 16 game season.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) October 7, 2013
Unless the combination of Ellington, Stepfan Taylor and Alfonso Smith really shines against the Falcons, Mendenhall will continue to have a role with Arizona.
Mendenhall came to the Cardinals as a free agent this offseason after spending five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he rushed for 3,549 yards and 29 touchdowns. He rushed for 2,381 yards and 20 touchdowns between 2009 and 2010, but injuries and a lack of burst have hurt his production the past two seasons.
With the Cardinals on bye next week, Mendenhall could potentially return for a Week 10 game against the Houston Texans.
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