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Rashard Mendenhall | Running Back | #28

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/19/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 225
College: Illinois
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (23) / PIT
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In a blog explaining his retirement, free agent Rashard Mendenhall said his plan now is to "travel the world and write!"
Mendenhall's full explanation of why he's hanging it up after just six seasons at age 26 can be accessed at the link below. "Having to fight through waves and currents of praise and criticism, but mostly hate. I can't even count how many times I've been called a 'dumb n-----'," he wrote. Mendy also mentioned the fantasy world. "Practice non-participants are reported throughout the week for predicted fantasy value; and success and failure for skill players is measured solely in stats and fantasy points. This is a very different model of football than the one I grew up with," he said. Mon, Mar 10, 2014 08:02:00 AM

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Free agent RB Rashard Mendenhall is telling teams he's retiring.

Mendenhall never fully recovered from a 2012 ACL injury and was a shell of his former self last season. If this is it, he'll finish his six-year career with 1,081 carries, 4,236 yards, and 72 total touchdowns, averaging 3.9 YPC. Andre Ellington will be the Cardinals' No. 1 back in 2014. We suspect Mendenhall will attempt a "comeback" once his money begins to run out. He turns 27 in June.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 10:16:00 PM

In a post he wrote for the Huffington Post, free agent Rashard Mendenhall hinted he could retire.

"...the journey is over and I am fully at peace," he wrote. "Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead." Mendenhall battled toe and recurring knee issues last season with the Cardinals and averaged just 3.2 YPC. Take away a 28-yarder against the 49ers in Week 17, and Mendenhall's season-long run was 15 yards. His explosion has been sapped. The Cardinals reportedly haven't closed the door on re-signing him, but coach Bruce Arians recently made it clear that Andre Ellington will be the No. 1 back. Mendenhall turns 27 in June.
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 02:10:00 PM

Rashard Mendenhall rushed 10 times for 47 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the 49ers.

Mendenhall's 12 touches were even with Andre Ellington's 12. That's the way it was for much of this season as Bruce Arians fed his boy from their Pittsburgh despite his lack of big-play ability. Mendy heads to unrestricted free agency with 217 carries for 687 yards (3.16 YPC) and eight touchdowns to go with 18 catches for 134 more yards while playing in 15 games. If the Cardinals know what's good for them, they'll watch someone else pay Mendenhall and give lead-back duties to Ellington.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 08:54:00 PM

Rashard Mendenhall (finger) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Mendenhall was limited in practice Wednesday with a finger injury, but it's not a major concern. He'll continue to handle all short-yardage and red-zone work in a committee with Andre Ellington.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 07:02:00 PM

Rashard Mendenhall (finger) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

The finger injury is not expected to affect his Week 17 availability.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 08:12:00 PM

Rashard Mendenhall rushed 21 times for 63 yards and added a two-point conversion in Sunday's Week 16 win at Seattle.

Mendenhall continues to operate as the starter and feature back ahead of Andre Ellington. It's a crime, but it's not going to stop. Although Mendenhall has been held under 4.0 YPC in six of the last eight games, the Cardinals have won six of their last seven. Bruce Arians' boy from the Steeler days has no shot at producing against the 49ers in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 07:38:00 PM

Rashard Mendenhall was added to the Cardinals' injury report on Thursday, getting in a limited session with a finger issue.

Mid-week additions to the injury report are rarely good news, but there's no reason to worry in Mendenhall's case. It's a minor injury the Cardinals are simply trying to manage ahead of Sunday's showdown with the Seahawks. Mendenhall will be a touchdown-dependent RB2 in what figures to be a low-scoring game.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 07:48:00 PM

Rashard Mendenhall rushed 21 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns and caught a nine-yard pass in Arizona's Week 15 win over Tennessee.

Mendenhall got the Cardinals on the board in the first quarter with a one-yard touchdown run after Andre Ellington racked up 54 yards on four touches on one possession to get Arizona in scoring position. NT Alameda Ta'amu was Mendenhall's lead blocker on the goal-line score. Mendenhall scored another goal-line TD in the fourth quarter to give Arizona a two-score lead it wouldn't relinquish. Because Mendenhall's value is so dependent upon goal-line scores -- a la BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- he's going to be hard to get excited about as a flex play in Week 16 at Seattle.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:14:00 PM

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.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 09:06:00 PM

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.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 05:09:00 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 11:10:00 AM

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.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 07:33:00 PM

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.

It was a stunningly pathetic rushing effort from the Cardinals' "starting running back," but he made it worth fantasy owners' while with his second touchdown in three games. Change-of-pace/passing-down back Andre Ellington didn't fare any better, managing only 13 yards on 10 touches. Mendenhall's yards per carry is down to 2.85, but we'd expect a similar workload delineation in the Cardinals' backfield for Week 12 against the Colts. Mendenhall is a desperation FLEX option.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 05:53:00 PM

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 critical 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."
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 08:05:00 AM

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