Rashard Mendenhall to Return in Week 5?
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall could be in line to start the Steelers’ week 5 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mendenhall tore his ACL in the final game of the 2011 season and had offseason surgery.
The Steelers have been lacking in the running game so far this year. The Steelers rank 31st in the league in rushing yards per game at 65. The lack of a running attack is a main reason for the Steelers’ slow start and 1-2 record.
However, on the bright side, the Steelers were granted a bye week for week 4. This has been seen as a possible “gift from the football gods.” The early bye week gave Mendenhall more rest and the ability to only have him miss three games on the schedule. This was the target week for Mendenhall and everything appears to be on schedule. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the coaches and training staff have all been impressed with Mendenhall’s recovery and rehab, noting his ability to plant and cut.
Though his status is still up in the air for week 5 all signs point to him starting. The coaches and medical staff all anticipate him passing a pre-game knee/strength test. His touches might be limited, with Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer still mixing in at running back, but this is encouraging for fantasy owners as he has to ease back in at some point.
It’s highly unlikely that Mendenhall is available in any league but if he is…. GET HIM NOW! If you have him, you may want to just see how it goes for his first week. He is going against the Eagles and is coming off ACL surgery so he’s obviously a risk. However, if you have no other options, go for it! He should be in the starting lineup.