Rashard Mendenhall is listed as probable on the Friday injury report for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles according to NFL.com. Mendenhall has been on the mend since January after suffering a torn ACL in the last week of the 2011 regular season.
Fantasy Impact: The Steelers hope Mendenhall can save what has so far been an anemic rushing attack. Pittsburgh ranks 31st in the league averaging 65.0 yards rushing per game, and dead last running at a 2.6 yards per carry clip. If Mendenhall proves he is even a fraction of his former self, expect Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman to head back to the bench and stay there. He may not be any more effective in his first game back, however. Mendenhall is still rusty, and he faces a stout Eagles front seven.