The Steelers run game has been less than stellar the first two weeks, and because of it the team may be looking to get back Rashard Mendenhall just a bit quicker.

Mike Tomlin said Mendenhall will participate in contact practice for the first time this week. “We’ll thud him up a little bit the day we’re allowed to carry our pads,” Tomlin said Tuesday.

According to, the Steelers are 30th in the NFL in both overall rushing yardage (141) and average yards per carry (2.6) through two weeks.

Mendenhall is trying to make it back after surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He got hurt in the last regular season game in Cleveland.

Jonathan Dwyer
is also on the injury list right now – dealing with turf toe.

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