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.
Sources: Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall will be active today. Mendenhall has been told his participation will depend on the flow of the game
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) December 23, 2012
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.