Steelers will be short in the backfield against the Bengals

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appears to be fine after rolling his ankle in practice Thursday, but he’s going to be short on help in the backfield.

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman won’t play Sunday against the Bengals after being held out of practice Friday.

They’re still hoping center Maurkice Pouncey can play, but it’s crucial that Roethlisberger’s well, as they’ll have to lean on the passing game more than normal.

18 responses to “Steelers will be short in the backfield against the Bengals

  1. Unless you tell me Dwyer and Rainey are also out, then I say…big deal. It’d be nice to have Redman, but Dwyer is more than capable to spell him. I’d trade Mendenhall for a bowl of Mulligatawny.

  2. Dwyer, Barron Batch and Rainey can run the ball with equal effectiveness (or ineffectiveness). The burden of the offense clearly falls to Big Ben and the patch work O-Line. Hopefully, the Defense will play for 4 quarters this week.

  3. This team has no chance on Sunday night, have you seen theirroad record? It’s just shameful. Pretty pathetic squad this year, their record reflects that. Will this team ever get over .500? Probably not.

  4. Bmorewhyless,

    Batch will not be the starter. He was only active (and dwyer inactive) because he plays more special teams than dwyer. With mendy and redman, you dont need another offense only RB active,

  5. Hey Bmorewiseass,

    After watching you guys the last few weeks, I’m not surprised you’re so concerned about other teams’ running backs.

  6. with mendenhall,redman and dwyer out……who is the starter then? cbssportsline said Batch has taken over the role as #3 and firmly entrenched himself to the position. sure sounds like he will get the start,with dwyer still out.

  7. Clearly with these many injuries, Haley and LeBeau must devise a very specific and taylored game plan according to the Bengals’ strengths and their own teams injured positions, not an easy task. They may need to throw in a gadget or trick play this time. Rainey needs to take one to the house on Sunday to help balance the load. All hands on deck.

  8. Dwyer will get the start with Batch and Rainey probably trading off 3rd down duties. Dwyer is a more sturdy runner but I like what Batch and Rainey bring to the table. Batch is more well-rounded as far as his ability to block and catch passes but there is no substitute for the kind of speed that Rainey has. Of course, all this means nothing if the o-line doesn’t block! Here’s to hoping Gilbert doesn’t wipe out any more starters.

  9. We could bring franco harris back to play when we play the ravens. Wouldnt matter. He’d probably gallop for about a buck sixty against that awful 28th ranked defense!!

  10. Redman’s not playing because a Titans’ defensive player deliberately drove into his knee with his helmet. Please, Commissioner Goodell, tell me why that kind of hit isn’t a no-no in your kinder, gentler NFL??

  11. I’m having trouble understanding the reason a lot of Steelers fans have such disdain for Rashard Mendenhall. All Mendenhall did was carry the entire offense against the Eagles en route to a 16-14 win.
    The Steelers had two weeks to prepare for that game yet managed to score just one TD, via a short dump-off pass to Mendenhall.
    I realize that he’s injury-prone, but the hatred for this guy is unwarranted.

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