January 1, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall (34) fights his way between outside linebacker Kaluka Maiava (56) and Cleveland Browns nose tackle Scott Paxson (69) at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
The Steelers running game is off to a historically bad start, but they will receive a significant boost this week with the return of Pro Bowl RB Rashard Mendenhall, who is now fully healthy after recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in January. Its unclear as to how many touches he’ll get this week against the Eagles’ stout defense.
Offensive coordiantor Cam Cameron’s no huddle offense has taken the teams’ previous emphasis on the running game away, and the biggest loser has been All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach, who has played just 105 snaps in their four games, and was used as a block on just 63 of those plays. It really is an indictment on NFL teams running the ball in today’s pass-happy league when a player as good as Leach isn’t being used.
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