Rashard Mendenhall | RB | Arizona Cardinals
Posted: 3/9/2014 11:29pm et
Teams are being told the free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall (Cardinals) is retiring, according to sources. He hinted at the possibility in a Feb. 25 column.
Huddle Up: It sounds like Mendenhall, whose best years were back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2009-10, may be done at 26 years old. He gained 821 yards from scrimmage and scored 8 TDs this past season on a 1-year deal in Arizona.
Posted: 2/25/2014 8:45pm et
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall hinted at retirement in a piece he posted on The Huffington Post Tuesday, Feb. 25. 'That day I sat on my couch two years ago was the very next day after I tore my ACL in week 17. The journey I envisioned is the two years of rebuilding that would follow. And as I write this, today is the day that the journey is over, and I am fully at peace. Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead,' Mendenhall wrote.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall, who has played 6 pro seasons, rushed for only 687 yards and averaged 3.2 yards per attempt this past season but did find the end zone 8 times -- 11th among all RBs. It appears, though, the Cards are prepared to move on, and if Mendenhall does suit up again, it likely will be in a new uniform in a No. 2 role.
Posted: 12/27/2013 10:12pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (finger) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 27, and is probable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Get the Cards' leading rusher in your lineup if you need him as he's found the end zone in 4 of his last 6 games.
Posted: 11/12/2013 11:51am et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said RB Rashard Mendenhall was undoubtedly still the starter.
Huddle Up: In case you were worried that the Cardinals might opt to give the more talented Andre Ellington the starting gig, fear not: Mendenhall will continue to get his carries.
Posted: 11/9/2013 10:53am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) is expected to start in Week 10.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall will get the start but Andre Ellington is still expected to get 15-20 touches and is the preferred fantasy play. Mendenhall is only worth flex consideration in the deepest leagues.
Posted: 11/6/2013 9:09pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall is expected to play with Arizona coming off its bye week. However, Andre Ellington is now getting 15-20 touches a game, so the struggling Mendenhall is only worth flex consideration in the deepest of leagues.
Posted: 11/4/2013 11:08pm et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) participated in practice Monday, Nov. 4, and looked good.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall missed the Week 8 game against the Falcons and also had the bye week to recover. His return obviously would cut into the touches rookie Andre Ellington would receive.
Posted: 10/26/2013 12:27am et
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is expected to draw the start in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons with RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) doubtful. Still, head coach Bruce Arians, offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and general manager Steve Keim each want to be careful not to overuse the rookie because of his slight build. 'I look at him the same way,' Arians said Friday, Oct. 25. 'It's still a situational...I don't use the word 'committee', but we'll monitor how many times he carries.'
Huddle Up: The Cardinals don't view Ellington as an every-down back but he'll still get enough touches to be a solid flex play this week against Atlanta.
Posted: 10/25/2013 4:21pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) is listed as doubtful for Week 8. RB Andre Ellington likely will start at running back with RB Stepfan Taylor being the No. 2 running back. Head coach Bruce Arians said RB Ryan Williams could be active for the game, but that would be a game-time decision.
Huddle Up: This would be the first game missed by Mendenhall this season and could be the moment Ellington and his fantasy backers have been waiting for.
Posted: 9/30/2013 3:38pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall fumbled twice and dropped a key pass in the team's Week 4 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he also scampered out of bounds late in the game when the team was trying to run out the clock. 'Rashard had a very tough day and he can't play that way. He can't run out of bounds. He's a veteran. And to run out of bounds at the end of the game, that was probably the worst mistake he made all day. We need to practice him a little bit harder. I think we've been too easy on him in practice because of his injuries, and we need to hone him up more because he's not gaining anything,' head coach Bruce Arians said.
Huddle Up: An interesting development in Arizona. Does this mean Andre Ellington will get more opportunities going forward? Or was this simply coachspeak as a motivational ploy for Mendenhall?
Posted: 9/27/2013 10:08pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 27, and is listed as probable for Week 4.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall created some fantasy buzz with 94 total yards and a TD in Week 2, but he struggled with 41 yards and no scores on 10 touches this past Sunday in New Orleans. However, the Cards' offense struggled as a whole, producing only 7 points, so don't give up on Mendenhall just yet, especially with the dearth of quality fantasy options at the position.
Posted: 9/26/2013 8:16pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 26.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall took a solid step Thursday after he was a limited participant in Wednesday's workouts and is looking good for Week 4.
Posted: 9/20/2013 7:39pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 20, and is listed as questionable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall is expected to start but he's no more than a low-end flex play this week. We should should see more of Andre Ellington on Sunday with Mendenhall banged up.
Posted: 9/19/2013 11:40pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: Rookie Andre Ellington is moving closer to his first NFL start as it's been 2 missed practices in 2 days for Mendenhall. See how it shakes out, though, in the always-crucial Friday practice.
Posted: 9/18/2013 9:42pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 18, as he rested his toe injury.
Huddle Up: This is now Mendenhall's third injury since late August. While none of them have cost him to miss any games, it's not a great sign that every week Mendenhall shows up with a new injury. It's time to get Andre Ellington as insurance if he's still available in your league.
Posted: 9/11/2013 9:19pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall is in line to start Sunday against the Lions. However, after dealing with a knee issue he's now battling a sore hamstring. For a guy with durability concerns, it's a minor problem that we're already worried about Mendenhall's health. He's nothing more than a flex play against Detroit this week.
Posted: 9/6/2013 6:57pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 6, and is probable for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall will get the start on Sunday but he's going up against a formidable Rams' front seven. Alfonso Smith and Stepfan Taylor are also expected to see some touches as well, making Mendenhall a flex play at best in Week 1.
Posted: 9/5/2013 10:15am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall has battled knee issues this preseason, but he is expected to be available for the Cardinals' regular season opener this weekend.
Posted: 9/2/2013 5:16pm et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) will be fine despite missing practice Monday, Sept. 2.
Huddle Up: Yeah, and we want a toilet seat made out of solid gold, but that's just not in the cards now, is it? Mendenhall might be fine for Week 1, but let's not kid ourselves here: the Arizona running back situation isn't the best.
Posted: 8/27/2013 12:27pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall will not play in the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 29, against the Denver Broncos, but he is expected to be fine for the regular season opener Sept. 8 against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: Whew! We were wondering where the Cardinals would be able to find three yards a carry, and now it looks like Mendenhall will answer the bell and deliver for them.
Posted: 8/26/2013 12:56am et
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) had an MRI Sunday, Aug. 25, and the tests revealed just a minor knee sprain. He is expected to be ready for the regular season opener against the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 8.
Huddle Up: It was best of news on the injury front for the RB, but doubt is going to linger over Mendenhall until he shows he can handle a No. 1 role over an extended period without issue. So, in no uncertain terms, try not to rely too much on the back unless you absolutely have to.
Posted: 8/25/2013 5:07pm et
Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) felt looseness in his right knee and will have an MRI.
Huddle Up: Just when the free-agent acquisition was gaining some fantasy traction in the desert, another knee issue has cropped up for Mendenhall, who limited to 6 games last season after recovering from a 2011-ending ACL tear.
Posted: 8/3/2013 7:36pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) was not participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 3, because of knee tendinitis and needs a few days of rest. Head coach Bruce Arians said he expects Mendenhall to practice Monday, Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: Backup Ryan Williams is also sitting out, so Mendenhall isn't in any danger of losing his stranglehold on Arizona's starting job. Mendenhall represents good value with an ADP of Round 6.
Posted: 6/14/2013 1:20am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall has clearly been the top option in the backfield. He's looked good hitting holes, stable in pass protection and catching out of the backfield.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall tore his ACL in the Steelers' 2011 regular-season finale and all he did last season in playing only 6 games is prove he wasn't Adrian Peterson. It's now 7 months later and he has a new team, so don't be surprised if Mendenhall has a fantasy rebound.
Posted: 3/19/2013 12:48pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall never was 100 percent healed from his serious knee injury late in the 2011 season, according to Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert. Although Mendenhall returned for the Steelers' fourth game, Colbert believes he never got back to the shape he was in 2011. 'Honestly, I don't think he ever quite got to the point where he was 100 percent as we've seen him before,' Colbert said.
Huddle Up: Just chalk up 2012 as a lost season for Mendenhall, who finished with only 244 total yards and one TD in 6 games, with 101 of those yards and the TD coming in his Week 5 season debut. With a fresh start and another 7 months removed from his knee injury, don't be surprised to see a bounce-back season from the RB.
Posted: 3/13/2013 2:40pm et
The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms with free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall replaces Beanie Wells on the Arizona roster, although Ryan Williams is still in the mix for carries. Key for either Mendenhall or Williams will be what the Cardinals do to upgrade their offensive line and at the quarterback position.
Posted: 3/12/2013 12:02pm et
The Arizona Cardinals are interested in impending free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers). The Cardinals have competition, as the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins are also said to be interested.
Huddle Up: Many forget Mendenhall had 3 straight seasons with at least 1,000 or more yards from scrimmage and 8 TDs prior to last season's lost campaign (244 total yards, 1 TD), and Arizona might be his best bet to get the most playing time with the Cards releasing Beanie Wells on March 11.