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28 Rashard Mendenhall RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/225 | Birthdate: 6/19/1987 | Birthplace: Skokie, IL, USA | Team: Arizona | College: Illinois | NFL Experience: 7 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/561926.png

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Arizona's running backs held in check in finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Cardinals running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Ellington each did little with their respective carries during Sunday's loss to the 49ers in Week 17.

Both running backs shared the load again, as Mendenhall finished with a 10 carries for 47 yards (4.7 yards per carry) while Ellington rushed for 30 yards on nine carries, averaging 3.3 yards per attempt.

Mendenhall finished the year with 217 carries for 687 yards with eight touchdown. Ellington nearly racked up just as many yards in nearly half of the carries. He had 118 carries for 652 yards with three touchdowns on the ground.

Nine Cardinals cleared for regular season finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Cardinals have ruled the following players as active for Sunday's season finale against the 49ers in Week 17: John Abraham (groin), Darnell Dockett (shoulder), Rob Housler (groin), Rashad Johnson (ankle), Rashard Mendenhall (finger), Carson Palmer (ankle, right elbow), Matt Shaughnessy (groin), Drew Stanton (knee) and Daryl Washington (ankle).

Andre Ellington, Rashard Mendenhall facing stingy run defense


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Cardinals running backs Andre Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall could have some issues in a difficult matchup against the 49ers at home in Week 17.

Ellington had 15 carries for 64 yards (4.3 yards per carry) in Week 16 against Seattle. He has 109 carries for 622 yards and three touchdowns on the ground this season. Mendenhall had 21 carries for 63 yards (3.0 yards per carry) against Seattle and has seen the bulk of the opportunities in the red zone. He has 207 carries for 640 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground this season.

Both running backs will tackle a stingy San Francisco defense that has allowed only 96.8 yards per game on the ground, which is the fifth fewest allowed this season. Opposing running backs have averaged 15.40 Fantasy points per game this season. Both running backs should be viewed as low-end options for Week 17.

Nine injured Cardinals get the green light for Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Cardinals have ruled wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (concussion), tight end Rob Housler (groin), quarterback Carson Palmer (ankle, right elbow), linebacker Matt Shaughnessy (groin), defensive back Justin Bethel (wrist), linebacker Karlos Dansby (foot), running back Andre Ellington (quadriceps), wide receiver Michael Floyd (ankle) and running back Rashard Mendenhall (finger) active for Sunday's contest against Seattle in Week 16.

Cardinals running backs facing good matchup


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/13/2013) This could be a good week for Cardinals running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Ellington at Tennessee based on the way the Titans have played of late. We like both in Week 15.

Tennessee has allowed a running back to reach double digits in Fantasy points in 10 consecutive games with 12 reaching that mark over that span, including Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball last week. The Titans have allowed 15 touchdowns to running backs during that stretch.

Mendenhall is the better of the two Arizona running backs this week because he comes into this matchup with at least seven Fantasy points in each of this past four games and three touchdowns over that span. Ellington also has at least seven Fantasy points in each of his last two games, but he's not getting as much work as Mendenhall, which makes him more of a risky option.

I consider Mendenhall a low-end No. 2 running back, and Ellington is more of a sleeper as a flex option.


Cardinals inactives Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) The Cardinals have made RB Rashard Mendenhall, RB Ryan Williams, WR Brittan Golden, G Earl Watford, QB Ryan Lindley, TE Kory Sperry and DE Ronald Talley inactive against the Falcons Week 8. 

Despite Mendenhall missing time, Williams will remain inactive. Talley was listed as probable, but will not go. 


Andre Ellington expected to start for Rashard Mendenhall


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/27/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall's toe is expected to keep him out of today's game against the Falcons. According to ESPN, rookie Andre Ellington will get the starting nod. 

Four Cardinals expected to fight through injuries


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) The Cardinals listed four players as probable for Week 2 against the Lions, based on their injury report released Friday. Linebacker John Abraham (shoulder), defensive lineman Darnell Dockett (shoulder), running back Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) and wide receiver Andre Roberts (quadriceps) are all expected to play in Sunday's game. 

Cardinals have seven probable for opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) The Cardinals have a lengthy list of injuries heading into Week 1 against the Rams, however they are only expected to miss a handful of players in the game. Tight end Rob Housler (ankle) has already been ruled out, and defensive lineman Calais Campbell (quadriceps) is questionable for the game, however all other players are considered probable for the game.

They include: defensive lineman Dan Williams (ankle); defensive back Javier Arenas (hip); tight ends Mike Leach (hamstring) and D.C. Jefferson (knee); wide receiver Andre Roberts (quadriceps); and running backs Rashard Mendenhall (knee) and Andre Ellington (hamstring). 


Rashard Mendenhall has injured knee


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/25/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall left the team's preseason game Saturday night vs. the Chargers with a right knee injury, according to the official team site, but it does not appear to be serious. He was spotted walking during the game and didn't receive treatment after the game according to the Arizona Republic

The news isn't as positive for guard Jonathan Cooper, who the Cards took with a first-round pick. He broke his leg and could miss the entire season. That sends the Arizona offensive line back to where it was last year in terms of ability to block for the running backs.

Mendenhall played fairly well against the Bolts, totaling 47 yards on six carries.

Alfonso Smith is currently working as the No. 2 running back behind Mendenhall and would conceivably get playing time if Mendenhall were sidelined. 


Rashard Mendenhall looking sharp


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) Veteran running back Rashard Mendenhall did nothing Saturday to hurt his status as the Cardinals' featured back. He rushed for 32 yards on seven carries in the first half against the Cowboys and is likely done for the day as Alfonso Smith is getting reps.

Cardinals running backs getting healthier


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/13/2013) The Cardinals have welcomed running back Rashard Mendenhall back to full practice and will get rookie Andre Ellington back in action soon as he makes his way back from a concussion. But third-year back Ryan Williams remains day-to-day with knee issues according to the official team website

Rashard Mendenhall joins Ryan Williams on sideline


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/4/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall joined teammate Ryan Williams on the injury list Saturday when he was held out of practice with knee tendinitis according to the Arizona Republic. Coach Bruce Arians doesn't consider the issue serious and says Mendenhall will be back Monday. 

Of course, Arians said last week he expected Williams in action soon and he's on crutches. A knee issue that required a doctor's visit has kept him out of action. He's unlikely to play in the Cardinals' first preseason game.

Rookies Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington along with veteran Alfonso Smith are taking reps in their place. 


Rashard Mendenhall starting for Cardinals


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2013) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians made it clear Wednesday that Rashard Mendenhall is the starting running back heading into training camp. Arians said on the NFL Network that "there's no doubt" that Mendenhall would be the featured back if the season started today.

"He took me personally to a Super Bowl, and I know what he can bring to the table as a runner and a pass protector and also a receiver," Arians said, courtesy of NFL.com. "He's an every-down player. And I think he's looking forward to having an outstanding season."

Arians said Mendenhall is "ready to go" after dealing with complications from his torn ACL at the end of 2011, and he considers Mendenhall a three-down running back. That leaves Ryan Williams as the No. 2 running back heading into training camp, and he's expected to be used in a change-of-pace role.

Rookies Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor are clearly behind Mendenhall and Williams on the depth chart.