Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has found himself in the doghouse and will once again be a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.
Mendenhall, once a Super Bowl starter with an 1,100 and 1,200-yard season under his belt, is now behind running backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman on the depth chart with no opportunity to move up this season.
“We don’t intend on doing anything differently in terms of Jonathan (Dwyer) being the guy and of course, (Isaac Redman) supplementing him because Red is capable of distinguishing himself in situational football, short yardage,” said coach Mike Tomlin via Steelers.com. “He’s a good blitz-pickup guy.
“Rashard will get an opportunity to redeem himself, I’m sure, at some point along this journey. That’s the nature of this thing. There’s ebb and flow and opportunities are presented. Obviously, he’s not being given one right now and due to a lot of reasons, most of the reasons not having anything to do with him or the running back position. We’ve got thin lines at a lot of other positions. We carried eight offensive linemen a week ago. We’ve got nicks at the wide receiver position. So, a guy who’s feature runner capable like Rashard who has very little contribution in the special teams game is probably not going to get an opportunity to show much if he’s not the featured runner.”