The Pittsburgh Steelers will soon be getting another weapon back on offense, one they can really use. RB Rashard Mendenhall. The Pittsburgh ground game has yet to start clicking this season and the Steelers could really use Mendenhall back in the lineup.
Mendenhall has been recovering from season ending ACL surgery last season and has been anxious to return to the field this season. In his place, the Steelers have been rotating Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer at the running back position, but neither has been very effective. Redman has totaled just 45 yards while Dwyer has rushed for 71 yards on 21 carries.
All expectations are that Mendenhall will return for the Steelers in Week five, right after their bye week. He took to the practice field on Thursday and head coach Mike Tomlin told the defense to “thud him up” in order to test his knee. The results were impressive.
OG Willie Colon told reporters he liked what he saw from Mendenhall. “He made a cut on the back side of a zone and he took off. He kind of reminded me of the old Rashard. He actually looked more explosive. He looked fast. Everything I saw was a good sign.”
The Steelers could use Mendenhall to jump start a sagging rushing attack which ranks 30th in the NFL after two weeks. The Steelers have no rushing plays this season over 13 yards. An effective rushing attack will also help to take some pressure off QB Ben Roethlisberger.