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Mendenhall’s Back – Will Start Sunday vs Jaguars

After a week of watching from the sidelines in the teams 38-17 win over the Titans, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is back and will start on Sunday against the Jaguars

Mendenhall was dressed, but wasn’t used last week as he missed the game with a hamstring injury.

Mendenhall, who had 1,273 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns for the AFC champions last season, was a full participant in practice for Pittsburgh Wednesday and Thursday. When asked if Isaac Redman would make his second consecutive start, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians replied, “Rashard’s the man. He’s ready to go.”

Redman had 49 rushing yards in his first NFL start against Tennessee—a 38-17 win—and Jonathan Dwyer had 107 yards in his second career game. Third-down back Mewelde Moore (ankle) also sat out vs. the Titans, and he has not practiced this week.

Arians also said that Jonathan Scott would start at right tackle. Pittsburgh’s former starting left tackle took over on the right side when rookie Marcus Gilbert aggravated a shoulder injury Sunday.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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