|10-01-2012, 01:16 AM||#1|
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Steelers Expect RB Rashard Mendenhall To Return Vs Eagles
The Steelers are very un-Steeler like when it comes to running the football these days, but, perhaps, help is on the way. Rashard Mendenhall is expected to make his debut Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field.
Mendenhall, who posted two 1,000-yard rushing seasons in the past three years, missed the first three games of the regular season while recovering from mid-January ACL surgery, and, without him, the Steelers running game has struggled.
That running game is ranked 30th among 32 NFL teams. Mendenhall likely will bring a little more explosiveness to the position than Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer.
"I'm really just waiting on my opportunity," Mendenhall said. "I just want to continue to work and, as we as an offense sort of form ourselves and bring the pieces together, I want to bring whatever piece I bring.
"But we struggled as a running game early in the season last year, and that's part of it. We just want to continue to grow and, as long as we get better and not worse, that's what we want to do. But we see it from a different light -- we see how close we are [to breaking out] so we just will keep working."
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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