Rashard Mendenhall RB ARI 8 Months

Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 41 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries in Week 14 against the Rams.

Mendenhall wasn't a factor in the passing game. He kicked off the scoring with a three-yard touchdown plunge on the opening drive. Mendenhall out-carried Andre Ellington 17-11, but Ellington's return to the lineup predictably had a drain on Mendenhall's potential workload. Mendenhall will be a mere flex option next week against the Titans.

Rashard Mendenhall RB ARI 8 Months

Rashard Mendenhall rushed 18 times for 76 yards in Sunday's Week 13 loss at Philadelphia.

With Andre Ellington (knee) sidelined, Mendenhall got more work than usual. And for the second straight week, he actually ran impressively as he ran decisively through holes. However, he got stuffed on a goal-line chance in the fourth quarter and wasn't even targeted in the pass game, leaving fantasy owners without much to chew on. Mendy will be a mere weak flex against the Rams in Week 14 whether Ellington returns or not.

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Coach Bruce Arians said Rashard Mendenhall "looked like himself" in Sunday's win over the Colts.

Mendenhall topped 50 rushing yards for the first time since Week 2, carrying 13 times for 54 yards with a score against the Colts. "He looked healthy like he did back in training camp," Arians said. "I was really glad to see that, and no better time. I thought he had, by far, his best game." Arians sticks with Mendy even when he's struggling, so we know he'll be the feature back against the Eagles in Week 13. Expect another 12-15 touches.

Rashard Mendenhall RB ARI 8 Months

Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 54 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries in Week 12 against the Colts.

Mendenhall and Andre Ellington combined for 104 yards and the one score on 23 carries, as they had no issues finding running room against Indy's leaky defense in the blowout win. Mendenhall added one catch for 24 yards. His touchdown came from five yards away when he beat Antoine Bethea to the corner of the end zone. Mendenhall had another touchdown on a similar play taken away in the fourth quarter due to a holding penalty. His 54 yards on the ground were the most he's posted since Week 2. Mendenhall is merely a weak flex option. He gets the Eagles' underrated run defense in Week 13.

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Rashard Mendenhall rushed 13 times for 14 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's Week 11 win over the Jaguars, adding three catches for 13 yards.

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Coach Bruce Arians said there's "no doubt" Rashard Mendenhall remains his starter.

Mendenhall is averaging 3.07 YPC on the season and lost a brutal fourth-quarter fumble in the Week 10 win over the Texans. But Arians' faith in his former pupil from Pittsburgh isn't waning even though Andre Ellington is averaging 7.18 YPC and hasn't lost a fumble this season. Arians on Ellington's 13 Week 10 touches: "I think it's right where it needs to be. He had plenty again today."

Rashard Mendenhall RB ARI 9 Months

Rashard Mendenhall rushed 13 times for 42 yards and caught a nine-yard pass in the Cardinals' Week 10 win over the Texans.

He also lost a fumble deep in Arizona's own zone that the Texans easily turned into a touchdown pass to Andre Johnson. Coach Bruce Arians expressed confidence in Mendenhall after the game, but he remains a committee partner with Andre Ellington (13 touches) behind poor run blocking. View Mendenhall as BenJarvus Green-Ellis West when the Cardinals take on Jacksonville in Week 11.

Rashard Mendenhall RB ARI 9 Months

Rashard Mendenhall is active for Week 10 against the Texans.

As expected, Mendenhall is good to play through his turf toe injury. We still anticipate Andre Ellington receiving more touches in this game. Arizona's Week 10 inactives are WR Brittan Golden, QB Ryan Lindley, RB Ryan Williams, LB Dontay Moch, G Earl Watford, TE Kory Sperry, and DE Ronald Talley.

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed Friday Rashard Mendenhall (toe) will start in Week 10 against the Texans.

We always expected Mendenhall to get the "start" out of veteran deference, but are tentatively expecting Andre Ellington to out-touch Mendenhall after his pre-bye blowup game. Mendenhall would be a weak flex option against Houston.

Rashard Mendenhall RB ARI 9 Months

Rashard Mendenhall (toe) participated in Friday's Cardinals practice.

Mendenhall will be active for Week 10 against the Texans, but isn't much of a fantasy option. Expect Andre Ellington to get more touches going forward.