Earlier this week, Steelers running back Isaac Redman said that it looked like Rashard Mendenhall would get the start in his return to the lineup.
Looks were not deceiving. Mendenhall will be the first back in the game for the Steelers against the Ravens on Sunday night, but coach Mike Tomlin also said that he won’t be the only back to tote the rock.
“Mendenhall is going to start tonight. He’s healthy, and so we’re going to do that, but you’re going to see all of the backs,” Tomlin said, via Missi Matthews of the team’s website.
Mendenhall has missed the last four games recovering from an Achilles injury. He’s played just two games overall this season after a delayed start to the regular season thanks to the torn ACL he suffered in January.
The Steelers had a run of three straight games with a 100-yard rusher snapped against the Chiefs on Monday night. Jonathan Dwyer had the first two of those games and Redman went for 147 yards against the Giants in Week Nine, so the Steelers have no shortage of options when it comes to attacking the Ravens on the ground.
With Ben Roethlisberger out and the Ravens allowing 132 rushing yards per game, that’s a good thing for Pittsburgh heading into Sunday night’s battle for the lead in the AFC North.