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Bruce Arians: Rashard Mendenhall “can’t play that way”

Lavonte David, Mason Foster, Rashard Mendenhall AP

The Cardinals improved to 2-2 on the season by scoring the final 13 points in a 13-10 victory over the Buccaneers in Tampa, but one player didn’t have much reason to celebrate.

Running back Rashard Mendenhall dropped a pass, lost a fumble and ran out of bounds late in the game as the Cardinals were trying to milk time off the clock before kicking the winning field goal. Even though he was saved by a ruling that he fumbled on his way out of bounds, which meant the Bucs had to use a timeout, coach Bruce Arians was unhappy with the back and suggested after the game that Mendenhall’s limited practice schedule was too blame.

“Rashard had a very tough day and he can’t play that way,” Arians said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “He can’t run out of bounds. He’s a veteran. And to run out of bounds at the end of the game, that was probably the worst mistake he made all day. We need to practice him a little bit harder. I think we’ve been too easy on him in practice because of his injuries, and we need to hone him up more because he’s not gaining anything.”

Mendenhall ran for 21 yards on 12 carries, his second straight poor outing after a couple of decent games to start the season. Andre Ellington had one 25-yard run and three other carries for four yards, but those numbers could be going up if Arians’ confidence in Mendenhall took a serious hit on Sunday.

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9 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Rashard Mendenhall “can’t play that way””
  1. cardsfann1 says: Sep 30, 2013 7:21 AM

    No sh#%!!! He looked terrible yesterday! He fumbled the play before he fumbled it away and fumbled it again as he was running out of bounds!!! Very frustrating to watch him yesterday. Was wanting to see Taylor or Smith out there…

  2. theageofquarrel says: Sep 30, 2013 7:33 AM

    WAIT!!!! Mendenhall fumbled the ball?!?!?! Wow,that never happens!!!

  3. contract says: Sep 30, 2013 7:50 AM

    “WAIT!!!! Mendenhall fumbled the ball?!?!?! Wow,that never happens!!!”

    Not often. Rashard Mendenhall averages a fumble every 91 touches … which is better than pretty much any RB in the NFL.

  4. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 30, 2013 8:06 AM

    sounds like he’s being what he’s always been.

  5. goawayeverybody says: Sep 30, 2013 8:11 AM

    The Cardinals are horrible, but they just happened to run into a team that is pathologically incapable of winning. An average high school team could probably beat the Buccaneers at this point.

  6. edward81manson says: Sep 30, 2013 8:15 AM

    Where is Ryan Williams? If he doesn’t play.. He must go!

  7. hanifmiller says: Sep 30, 2013 8:49 AM

    Buyer beware. Didnt Arian’s know what he was getting.

  8. theageofquarrel says: Sep 30, 2013 9:42 AM

    contract says:
    Sep 30, 2013 7:50 AM
    “WAIT!!!! Mendenhall fumbled the ball?!?!?! Wow,that never happens!!!”

    Not often. Rashard Mendenhall averages a fumble every 91 touches … which is better than pretty much any RB in the NFL.

    Spin it any way you want it.
    The dude sucks and is a fumbler

  9. pekkle007 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:22 PM

    So when will Ellington carry the load?

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