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Rashard Mendenhall | RB
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.