Steelers RBs Rashard Mendenhall & Isaac Redman did not practice Thursday
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Steelers RBs Rashard Mendenhall & Isaac Redman did not practice Thursday

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Rashard Mendenhall @R_Mendenhall and Isaac Redman @ired33 were unable to practice Thursday. Both players are currently listed as questionable and will likely be game-time decisions before their Sunday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Mendenhall is dealing with an Achilles' tendon injury and Redman is recovering from a knee injury. The pair combined for a measly 22 yards on 11 carries last week during the Steelers' 26-23 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Fantasy Analysis:

If both players are inactive, Jonathan Dwyer @JDwyer27 would be the presumptive starter ahead of Baron Batch @baron_batch and Chris Rainey @crainey3. Cincinnati ranks 21st in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (116.8 ypg). Point being, this is a solid matchup for whichever back takes on the featured role. The problem is that fantasy owners will already have their lineup set by the time Pittsburgh hits the field during their late game. It may be best to avoid this situation unless there is a report that strongly suggests Mendenhall will be ready to play.

Ed Bouchette via Twitter

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