Report: Rashard Mendenhall Not Expected To Be Inactive, Role Yet To Be Determined

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports via Twitter Sunday morning that sources have told her Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall will be active today against the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to Anderson Mendenhall has been told his participation level will depend on the flow of the game. The Steelers running back was suspended last week for the game against the Dallas Cowboys for conduct detrimental to the team because he failed to show up as Heinz Field for the game against the San Diego Chargers after learning he would not dress for that game

Mendenhall returned to the team this past Monday and was very unapologetic for his actions that led to his one week off without pay. The former first round draft pick would only say that all of his actions are well thought out. Should he get a helmet like Anderson reports that he will on Sunday it will be the first time that he has seen the field since fumbling twice in the loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Jonathan Dwyer is expected to start against the Bengals on Sunday after head coach Mike Tomlin said this past Tuesday during his press conference that he was happy with the current running back rotation. We will see if indeed that was just coach-speak or not.

  • zyzak

    Dwyer needs to get going early. The Steelers running game is a joke.

  • Mike Carroll

    Don’t play Mendehall! First of all, he has not been productive this year. Second, he showed no regret for not showing up at the stadium, and then he as the nerve to say there’s “a lot thought that goes into everything he does”. As a teammate or coach, I would want him on my team. I would not trust him at all, and it might sound crazy, but I could see him fumbling on purpose out of spite. He should not even be suiting up today.

    As a side note, I was pleased to see Ryan Clark point out that guys who are expected to be made inactive, still need to show up at the stadium in case someone in front of them can’t go for whatever reason. I would add, that since Mendenhall was to receive a game check, that should be reason enough to have the sense to show up. Of course, we all know Mendenhall took off 2008 season and left the team after Lewis broke his shoulder. I hope the Steelers don’t offer him a contract this offseason.

  • Mike Carroll

    The only good potential reason for activating him today, should be if it somehow impacts the compensatory pick they may get for him.