Steelers RB Mendenhall 'ready to go'
Thursday, October 13, 2011
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall will start on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars after missing a game due to a hamstring injury.
Mendenhall, who had 1,273 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns for the AFC champions last season, was a full participant in practice for Pittsburgh Wednesday and Thursday. When asked if Isaac Redman would make his second consecutive start, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians replied, "Rashard's the man. He's ready to go."
Redman had 49 rushing yards in his first NFL start against Tennessee -- a 38-17 win -- and Jonathan Dwyer had 107 yards in his second career game. Third-down back Mewelde Moore (ankle) also sat out vs. the Titans, and he has not practiced this week.
Arians also said that Jonathan Scott would start at right tackle. Pittsburgh's former starting left tackle took over on the right side when rookie Marcus Gilbert aggravated a shoulder injury Sunday.