Contributed by Celia Roche ….
Pittsburgh fans will think they have a chance this weekend after it was confirmed in the < football news that long-term injured running back, Rashard Mendenhall, will return for the Steelers’ Week 5 game at Philadelphia on Sunday.
Mendenhall has been out since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the Steelers’ final game of the 2011 regular season in January. It was a sorry blow for Pittsburgh, as they then fell in their wildcard clash with Denver Broncos.
Pittsburgh have not fared too well without him this season either; they are 1-2 after their fourth-week bye.
“Getting Mendenhall back is really going to help us,” offensive lineman, Doug Legursky, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Not that the other two backs haven’t done a good job because they have, but Rashard’s explosion, his speed, and his experience will really just add to it and make us that much better.”
Indeed, Legursky is right to be excited over his teammate’s comeback, as the Steelers have struggled to made the yards early this season.
Both Issac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer have been given chances to make the running back position their own but, with just one touchdown in three games between them, it is clear that the Steelers need Mendenhall back in the side.
The 25-year-old ran for 928 yards in 2011 and surpassed the one thousand mark in the two years previous. Pittsburgh are currently the 31st-ranked team for rushing and, with just 65 yards completed, it is clear that Mendenhall needs to get back into this side and reignite their rushing plays.
Mendenhall said on Wednesday that he was happy with practice and now ready for Sunday’s game; he may be Pittsburgh’s only chance of upsetting the NFL betting odds against the 3-1 Eagles this weekend.