HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 02: Running back Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes for a touchdown in the third quarter against he Houston Texans on October 2, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.Texans won 17 to 10. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Rashard Mendenhall Is Healthy, Will Play For Steelers

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall suffered a hamstring injury a couple weeks ago but enters Week 6 healthy.

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Rashard Mendenhall Injury Update: Steelers RB Not On Injury Report

In an important bit of "non"-news, Rashard Mendenhall was not listed on the PIttsburgh Steelers Wednesday practice participation report. His absence from the injury report would indicate that barring any sort of unexpected setback, Mendenahll is likely in line to return to his starting running back role.

While it is good that he might be returning to that role, that does not necessarily mean he will be any more productive than he was prior to his hamstring injury. Mendenhall is averaging three yards per rush and simply has not been able to get going with any consistency. His two rushing touchdowns have helped his fantasy value, but even then his best fantasy performance was a 13.8 point day against the Seahawks.

This week, the Steelers face a Jaguars team that isn't particularly good, but that has done a solid job against the rush. Coach Mike Tomlin has actually been relatively non-committal as to Mendenhall's exact role now that he is healthy. That could mean Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer grab some carries away from Mendenhall. It could also mean nothing and we will see him carrying the load. We will have to wait and see how practice goes this week to determine what kind of role he will be in on Sunday.

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Rashard Mendenhall Injury Update: Steelers RB Expected Back Versus Jaguars

A few days after running back Rashard Mendenhall was available only in an emergency role, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expecting Mendenhall to return to action this Sunday in his starting capacity. Mendenhall has been dealing with a hamstring injury that sidelined him from practice all last week.

Mendenhall was available on Sunday, but the Steelers split the carries between Isaac Redman (15 carries) and Jonathan Dwyer (11 carries). While Redman got more of the carries, Dwyer made more of his carries, finishing the game with 107 yards, good enough for a 9.7 yards per carry clip. it will be interesting to see how the Steelers elect to split carries, if at all between Mendenhall, Redman and Dwyer.

In the meantime, we will have to wait and see how much Mendenhall participates in practice. If he is a full participant in practice, there would seem to be no reason to sit him this Sunday. However, limited or non-participation would raise enough question marks that you would find yourself looking at a potential game-time decision. If Mendenhall was available in an emergency situation this past Sunday, I would think he'll be good to go a week later.

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Rashard Mendenhall Injury: Mendenhall Active, But Will Play Only In Emergency

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall is listed as active by the Steelers for their 1 p.m. tilt against the Tennessee Titans, but ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that he's only available for emergency duties. Isaac Redman will get the start.

Speculation has come all week that Mendenhall would either be inactive or not play today. Last year's breakout fantasy RB has been disappointing all year, tallying only 173 yards and two touchdowns in four games, running for only three yards per carry and less than 50 yards a game. Now, Mendenhall is, for all intents and purposes, sidelined with a hamstring injury. Anyone who's dealt with a hamstring strain can tell you they're the most frustrating to deal with because of their ability to linger, and completely, well, hamstring your ability.

Redman is probably only of any use as a flex play as the Steelers' offense has struggled. With Ben Roethlisberger's injury probably limiting him and the banged up offensive line, avoid Steelers if possible.

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Rashard Mendenhall's Status Uncertain, Isaac Redman Could Start For Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall might play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, but if he does, it will be in a reserve role, according to NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora.

Meanwhile, ESPN's Josina Anderson is reporting that Mendenhall does not expect to play Sunday. If Mendenhall does not play - or plays in a limited role - Isaac Redman will start for the Steelers.

Mendenhall fully participated in practice Friday despite missing the previous two after injuring his hamstring last week in Pittsburgh's 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans. The Steelers listed him as questionable on this week's injury report.

Mendenhall has 58 carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns on the season, including one last week before getting injured. His possible replacement, Redman, has 22 carries for 107 yards this season. Redman has just one career touchdown, which came in Week 2 in Pittsburgh's 24-0 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

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Rashard Mendenhall Injury: Steelers RB Hasn't Practiced

Rashard Mendenhall's status for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans is in serious jeopardy, despite earlier reports that a hamstring injury suffered last week wasn't serious. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back sat out practice Thursday after it was expected that he would participate in individual drills to test out his leg.

Even if Mendenhall is activated this week, Isaac Redman may still see a lion's share of carries. Steelers fans should breathe a little easier knowing that Redman has performed capably on 22 carries this season, averaging 4.9 yards per rush with one touchdown. 

Still, the Steelers need all the help they can get going up against one of the league's hottest defenses. The Titans are allowing a league-best 14 points per game, and are giving up just 87.8 yards per game on ground. Luckily for Pittsburgh, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is fully healthy for the matchup, despite a sprained left foot suffered during last week's loss to the Houston Texans.

For more Steelers analysis, head over to the SB Nation blog Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Titans check out Music City Miracles.

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Rashard Mendenhall Injury Doesn't Sound Serious

Breathe, Pittsburgh Steelers fans. It doesn't sound like Rashard Mendenhall's injury is serious. The Steelers RB exited Sunday's game against the Houston Texans with a hamstring injury and didn't return but NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports the injury doesn't appear to be serious.

This isn't the only bit of injury news the Steelers are waiting on. Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained foot and his status, like Mendenhall's, is unknown.

It's possible Mendenhall could return to practice and play in Week 5 but the team won't know more until the first practice on Wednesday. From there, the Steelers will list his practice throughout the week before labeling him as out, doubtful, questionable or probable on Friday. 

So it's a big week for the Steelers as we await word on whether a pair of their best players will be available. Oh, and you can add Aaron Smith to the list as well. Tough game for the Steelers.

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Rashard Mendenhall Injury Update: Hamstring Injury Ends Day In Third Quarter

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall left Sunday's game after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter as he reportedly suffered a hamstring injury. Mendenhall scored the touchdown with 7:02 left in the third quarter and left from there. He had only nine rushes and one pass attempted in his direction at that point. Isaac Redman and Mewelde Moore split the work load the rest of the way in the Steelers 17-10 loss.

Mendenhall has been up and down this season and this injury does not help matters. He didn't return for a quarter and a half, so you'll want to pay close attention to the Steelers practice participation reports this week in advance of their game with the Tennessee Titans.

If Mendenhall is unavailable this coming Sunday, Redman and Moore would likely split up the workload. If you are have bye week issues either of them would be worth picking up in that instance. One problem with that is not knowing until after a normal Wednesday morning waiver period whether you need one of them. Someone may pounce to get ahead of you for Redman or Moore. Keep an eye out for news over the next 36 hours.

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Steelers Vs Texans: Rashard Mendenhall Return Questionable With Hamstring Injury

Pittsburgh Steelers running back left his team’s game against the Houston Texans after scoring a third quarter touchdown. According to reports he has a hamstring injury and his return to the game is questionable.

#PBA: #Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has a hamstring injury. Return Questionable.
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The Steelers have turned to backup running backs Isaac Redman, who has done most of the work since Mendenhall left, and Mewelde Moore.

Mendenhall left with nine rushes for 25 yards and a touchdown with Pittsburgh trailing the Texans by a score of 17-10. Prior to this game, Mendenhall had 148 yards and one touchdown in three games. He was averaging a career-low 3.0 yards per carry.

Check for updates following the game, after the team has had the chance to examine the injury further. Mendenhall played in all 16 games for the Steelers last year and the year before that, topping 1,000 rushing yards in both seasons. Pittsburgh has struggled with injuries this season, most notably along their offensive line.

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