Flexpert: Consider Jackie Battle, Michael Bush

Patrick Mayo, Staff Writer October 4, 2012

The Steelers backfield presents an interesting opportunity. Against the Eagles, Pittsburgh will unleash their new Cerberus formation. With a returning Rashard Mendenhall joining Jonathan Dwyer and Issac Redman to guard the gates of the Underworld. That’s Steel Town lingo for staring at Ben Roethlisberger’s posterior. All three can’t have value this week, but one of the troika will see some Fantasy rations.

When asked about the situation, Mike Tomlin gave a reassuring “I believe so,” addressing whether Mendenhall would start Sunday. How non-committable can you be? Mendenhall hasn’t played since January 1 – horrible New Year’s resolution – but is the only back in the ternion who has achieved a modicum of success in the NFL. While never considered great, if Mendenhall plays at the same level in which he left he’ll be start worthy most weeks. But what about the injury? Just because Adrian Peterson heals like he lives on the island from Lost, doesn’t mean a torn ACL can be taken lightly. I seriously question Mendenhall’s ability to endure a stacked workload. If that’s the case, I doubt he has retained the requisite burst to be effective in limited touches. Long term he could very well be the best of the trio, but it’s hard to have confidence his first game back.

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