Mendenhall is likely to start at RB for Steelers
By Alan Robinson
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7:40 p.m.
Updated 10 hours ago
The Steelers own one advantage going in their biggest game of the season: The Ravens know who the Steelers’ quarterback will be, but they’re only guessing about the running back.
Then again, the Steelers’ three running backs also aren’t sure who will take that first carry from scrimmage Sunday night at Heinz Field.
The Steelers have gone into big games this late in the season without injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. But they almost always have a running back in place.
Now they’re going with what coach Mike Tomlin said is the hot hand, starting three different backs — Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer — in the past five games.
Running backs coach Kirby Wilson said last week that Mendenhall would return when he was healthy, and he appears to be after missing four-plus games with an Achilles injury. Mendenhall reported being incident-free after practice Thursday.
Mendenhall has the best combined skills of the three — he possesses the get-to-the-edge explosiveness that Dwyer and Redman lack — but the downside is he figures to be rusty after getting only 19 carries all season.
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