With Parker Doubtful, Is Mendenhall Ready To Shoulder The Load?

Posted: 2nd October 2009 by Nick DeWitt in NFL
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Rashard Mendenhall has certainly made an auspicious start to his NFL career, logging 107 yards in seven games since being drafted in the first round last year by the Steelers. Last week, his personal stock took yet another hit when Steelers coach Mike Tomlin effectively benched him for failing to prepare effectively and practice professionally before the team's game against the rival Cincinnati Bengals. Now, with Willie Parker suffering from an untimely case of turf toe, Tomlin may have no other choice but to insert Mendenhall into the Steelers' backfield. But is he ready? The biggest problem with analyzing Mendenhall is that he has only played in seven games since being drafted. There's too small a sample size to really gauge his effectiveness in games that count. Mendenhall has also had ...

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