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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 | Owned/Started%: 6/2

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Report: Rashard Mendenhall informed teams he's retiring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Teams interested in signing running back Rashard Mendenhall have been told that he has retired from professional football, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday. 

Mendenhall published a Huffington Post column on Feb. 25 hinting retirement, saying "the journey is over." He battled knee and toe injuries last season while averaging 3.2 yards per carry for the Cardinals. 

Mendenhall spent his first five seasons in Pittsburgh before rushing for 687 yards and eight touchdowns on 217 carries with Arizona in 2013. He had two 1,000-yard seasons and rushed for 4,236 yards 37 touchdonws over his six seasons in the league.


Rashard Mendenhall hints at retirement: 'The journey is over'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall, an impending free agent, hinted at retirement in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post. "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," he wrote.

Mendenhall battled knee and toe injuries last season while averaging 3.2 yards per carry. He turns 27 in June.


Report: Rashard Mendenhall could return to Cards or retire


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) The Cardinals have not closed the door on re-signing running back Rashard Mendenhall, who played with knee and toe injuries last year, reports Fox Sports 910. However, the latest rumor regarding Mendenhall is that he might retire, the report added.

Mendenhall, who turns 27 in June, averaged 3.2 yards per carry last season but ran for eight touchdowns.


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).

Rashard Mendenhall probable Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall is probable Week 17.

Mendenhall is dealing with a finger injury. He was limited during Wednesday's practice, but returned to full practice Thursday and Friday.


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.

Rashard Mendenhall limited in practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall was limited in practice Wednesday with a finger injury, reports the team's website. Mendenhall has rushed for eight touchdowns entering Week 17 vs. San Francisco.

Rashard Mendenhall held out of the end zone in Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall was held under 70 yards on the ground and out of the end zone during Sunday's win over the Seahawks in Week 16.

Mendenhall, who scored in each of his previous two games, did not have a run for more than nine yards on the day, but did score a two-point conversion late in the fourth carry to give his team a seven-point advantage. He finished the game 21 carries for 63 yards (3.0 yards per carry) in a 17-10 victory.

Mendenhall will look to get back on track in Week 17 against the 49ers. He rushed for 40 yards on 10 carries his last time out against San Francisco.

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.

Rashard Mendenhall probable Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall is probable Week 16.

Mendenhall is dealing with a finger injury. He took part in limited practice Thursday, and was upgraded to full practice Friday.


Rashard Mendenhall has tough Week 16 matchup


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/17/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall has five touchdowns in his last five games. He's gotten 17 or more carries in his last three, and has run for 69 or more yards in two of his last three. It's been a late-season surge for the 26-year-old, who has hit double digits in Fantasy points in three of his last four games. 

Week 16, though, brings a tough matchup against a Seahawks team that hasn't allowed a running back to score a touchdown since Week 7. And that Week 7 touchdown was scored by...Rashard Mendenhall. He rushed for 22 yards when the teams first met, in mid-October. 

Mendenhall's value lately has been tied to his ability to score. And he faces a team in Week 16 that is adept at not allowing touchdowns to running backs. The Seahawks aren't invincible against the run -- they allowed consecutive 100-yard games in Weeks 8 and 9 (to Zac Stacy and Mike James) -- but Mendenahll gives up about 12 touches a game to Andre Ellington, so his value is already limited.

There's always a chance Mendenhall scores and gives his owners those six points, but it's probably not worth the risk in most leagues, where better options exist. Mendenhall can be benched in most Fantasy formats.  


Rashard Mendenhall cashes in twice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall scored on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs Week 15, giving him five scores in his last five games. Mendenhall finished with 69 yards on 21 carries (3.3-yard average) and caught a 9-yard pass. It was his sixth career multi-touchdown game.

The 21 carries were a season high for Mendenhall, who again split backfield snaps with rookie Andre Ellington. Mendenhall is up to eight rushing touchdowns this season.

He visits the Seahawks in Week 16. Seattle held Mendenhall to 22 yards on 13 carries Week 7, though he ran for a touchdown.


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.


Rashard Mendenhall finds the end zone Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall managed to find the end zone Week 14.

Mendenhall struggled in the running game, averaging just 2.4 yards per carry. He was again out-performed by backup Andre Ellington despite receiving six more carries. Mendenhall did manage to score on the team's first drive, picking up a 3 yard score. In the fourth quarter, the team allowed Ellington to pick up a score from the 6 yard line. Mendenhall was not targeted in the passing game. He'll take on the Saints Week 15. 


Rashard Mendenhall looking at strong matchup Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall is looking at a strong matchup Week 14 against the Rams.

St. Louis has had a tough time defending opposing running backs this season, allowing them to average 20.50 Fantasy points per game. In 12 games, the Rams have allowed 13 rushing touchdowns. In the first matchup between the two teams, the Cardinals failed to score a rushing touchdown.

With Andre Ellington out last week, Mendenhall was able to rush for a season-high 76 yards. It's starting to look like Ellington could return Week 14. He was upgraded to limited practice Thursday, which bodes well for him to play. That could eat into Mendenhall's workload, but he should still be the team's primary option once they get into the red zone. All five of Mendenhall's touchdowns have come from within five yards out. He would be a strong play if Ellington wasn't coming back, but Mendenhall still has a fair chance at scoring Week 14.


Rashard Mendenhall has season-high 76 rushing yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall ran 18 times for 76 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Eagles. The yards and carries were season highs for the 26-year-old. 

Mendenhall did most of his damage in the first half, when he ran 12 times for 61 yards. With Andre Ellington inactive, Mendenhall broke out of a recent trend that saw him carrying no more than 13 times and no fewer than 10 in his last five games. 

Mendenhall was not targeted in the passing game. 

The Cardinals face the Rams in Week 14. 


Rashard Mendenhall remarkably consistent lately


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/27/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall has scored a touchdown in two straight games, and has carried the ball at least 10 times -- but no more than 13 -- in his last five. It's kind of comforting, in a way, to know what to expect from Mendenhall, especially against an Eagles run defense that is essentially league average this season.

With Andre Ellington fading in recent weeks, there's no real threat to Mendenhall's carries. But Ellington's presence still pretty much guarantees that Mendenhall's carries will be limited to that 10-13 range.

If you’re looking for a 100-yard breakout game, Mendenhall is not the player you want. He can, however, land somewhere in the 40-50 yard range, and is a decent bet to score a touchdown any given week. If those 10 possible Fantasy points are better than your other options, Mendenhall is worth a start in your league.

Rashard Mendenhall finds the end zone Week 12


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall managed to find the end zone Week 12.

Mendenhall was again utilized as part of a committee, splitting time with Andre Ellington. Mendenhall received three more carries, including the important goal line work. He scored on a five yard run in the third quarter. Mendenhall actually would have had another touchdown, but a holding penalty negated the play. He finished the game with 54 rushing yards. Mendenhall also caught one pass for 24 yards.

He'll take on the Eagles Week 13. 


Rashard Mendenhall in for a rough game Week 12


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall could be in for a tough game Week 12 against the Colts.

Indianapolis has been solid against running backs, limiting them to just 14.00 Fantasy points per game. Through 10 games, the team has only allowed two 100 yard running backs. It should be noted that Terrelle Pryor and Russell Wilson also rushed for 100 yards against the Colts, though. Even though they've had some success against running backs, the Colts have allowed eight rushing touchdowns.

That might not help Mendenhall. The Cardinals have split time between Mendenhall and Andre Ellington in recent weeks. While Mendenhall continues to get more work, it's not clear he's the top option. He's averaging just 2.86 rushing yards per carry this season. Mendenhall continues to be a risky Fantasy play. 


Rashard Mendenhall notches fourth rushing TD Week 11


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall contributed his fourth rushing touchdown during a 27-14 win Week 11 at Jacksonville. Mendenhall led Arizona with 14 rushing yards on 13 carries, averaging 1.1 yards per carry, while adding three catches for 13 yards.

Mendenhall scored on a 5-yard run in the second quarter, which tied the game at 14. It also served as his longest carry of the afternoon.

However, Sunday was the first time all season Mendenhall was held to less than 20 rushing yards. The Cardinals are back in action Week 12 vs. Indianapolis.


Rashard Mendenhall in the mix as a No. 3 Fantasy RB


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall has fond memories of the last time he played the Jaguars in 2011. Mendenhall rushed for 146 yards and one touchdown in a 17-13 win for Pittsburgh.

Mendenhall will face the Jaguars for the second time in his career Week 11. Though, the results will likely won't be as positive for Mendenhall, whose last 100-yard game came in December 2011.

It's not that the Jaguars don't present a favorable matchup. Through nine games against Jacksonville, running backs average 121.2 rushing yards, 40.7 receiving yards and 22 Fantasy points per week, which is tied for the second-highest average. Running backs have totaled 10 rushing touchdowns, including seven in the last four games.

It has more to do with the emergence of Andre Ellington and Mendenhall no longer being a workhorse back. He hasn't had more than 17 carries in a game this season and no more than 13 carries in his last three games.

Mendenhall returned to action Week 10 after missing one game with a toe injury. He averaged just 3.2 yards per carry, but coach Bruce Arians said he liked what he saw from Mendenhall, who should continue to share backfield reps with Ellington. Consider Mendenhall more of a No. 3 Fantasy running back or flex option Week 11.


Rashard Mendenhall churns out subpar game Week 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall churned out a poor game Week 10 against the Texans.

Mendenhall received more carries than Andre Ellington, but finished second on the team in rushing. With 13 carries, Mendenhall picked up just 32 yards, good for a 3.2 average per carry. Ellington averaged 5.0 yards per carry on 11 attempts. Ellington was also the team's choice late in the game when they were trying to run out the clock. The two runners split time fairly evenly throughout the game, but Ellington is starting to look like the more explosive back. He also caught one pass for 9 yards.

Mendenhall will take on the Jaguars Week 11.


Rashard Mendenhall ready to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall is active Week 10 against the Texans.

Mendenhall had been dealing with a toe injury throughout the week, but was able to take part in practices. He's expected to take on a normal workload. 


Rashard Mendenhall probable for Week 10 clash


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2013) Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall should return to game action Sunday against Houston after overcoming a toe injury that sidelined him in Week 8. He has been deemed probable.

Mendenhall was praised earlier in the week by Bruce Arians for his performance in practice coming off the bye week. He has struggled mightily all year with a 2.6 YPC average and managed just 22 yards in 13 carries in his last game against Seattle. Mendenhall will share time in the backfield going forward with emerging rookie Andre Ellington.