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Mendenhall to get more work in practice in hopes of run fix

Rashard Mendenhall AP

As the Steelers continue to look for answers for their running game, they may be ready to increase the workload for Rashard Mendenhall.

Mendenhall’s practiced the last two weeks, but hasn’t been active for games. He’s coming off ACL surgery in January, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said it might be time to test him.

“Maybe we will bump him around a little more in practice this week,” Tomlin said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He has done a nice job of running and cutting at full speed. Now, let’s see if he can play a little football.

We will thud him up a little bit on a day we are allowed to carry our pads and see if he can respond positively to it.”

The Steelers could use him, as their 141 rushing yards and 2.6 yards per carry are 30th in the league, well off what they were hoping for. The Steelers averaged 4.4 yards per carry last season.

“We haven’t run the ball as well as we have liked,” Tomlin said, in his understated manner, but he wouldn’t point to any individuals.

“I’m not interested in assigning blame in that regard. I will take responsibility for it. The reality is we’ve got room for growth.”

If that means more Mendenhall, they should find out in the next few days.

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8 Responses to “Mendenhall to get more work in practice in hopes of run fix”
  1. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 19, 2012 8:08 AM

    Tell me Mendenhall doesn’t have the same exact face as the guy that played the scarecrow in Wizard of Oz…

  2. effosugoblue says: Sep 19, 2012 8:10 AM

    This is why he is on my fantasy bench.

  3. stoogy says: Sep 19, 2012 8:11 AM

    Raiders are going to unleash the underworld on this team and go midevil on them as they get back on track. Mr. Allen will get his 1st win this weekend as BBBR7 cries his way back to pittsburgh.

  4. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 19, 2012 8:12 AM

    It’s week 3 and a new O-line, a little early to say you need a run fix, don’t you think?

  5. yinzgotsix says: Sep 19, 2012 8:14 AM

    Who needs a running game when you have the best QB in the league

  6. DiscountMescan says: Sep 19, 2012 8:55 AM

    Yeah as if he wasn’t timid when getting hit, he better hope they some how gave him extra speed to hit the corner. I like him but the guy couldn’t gain yards between the tackles and that O-line isn’t going to give him time to hit the corners.

  7. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 19, 2012 9:34 AM

    disco kid aint gonna fix our running game. need healthy linemen for that.

  8. plumbstl says: Sep 19, 2012 5:27 PM

    There nothing wrong with a little comp to keep them trying to stay ahead of the next back I welcome it!!!

    Go Steelers!!!

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