Rashard Mendenhall Injury Update: Fantasy Value Hurt By Doubtful Status

ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: Rashard Mendenhall #34 and Ramon Foster #73 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate after Mendenhall rushes for an 8 yard touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenahall is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Denver Broncos with a knee injury. We break down the fantasy implications.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenahall is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Denver Broncos with a knee injury. Although Mendenhall practiced in full on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, it appears unlikely that he will suit up for the season opener. However, it's worth noting that Jason Witten was listed as doubtful for the Dallas Cowboys' game on Wednesday night and managed to play. Barring a shocking turn of events, Mendenhall will likely sit this one out.

Fantasy Impact: Rashard Mendenhall owners will have to be patient, which should have been expected with a player coming off such a serious injury. In Mendehall's absence, Jonathan Dwyer is the Steelers' running back to own. Isaac Redman is working through his own injury issues right now and was outperformed b Dwyer throughout the preseason. However, it appears a committee situation could be utilized, decreasing the value of the entire backfield.

For more on the Pittsburgh Steelers, check out Behind the Steel Curtain and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 4-8pm ET Monday through Friday, 8am -1pm Sunday. Check out SB Nation's own Fantasy Football game, Pick 6!

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