Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer will not practice Wednesday
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Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer will not practice Wednesday

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer @JDwyer27 may have rushed for over 100 yards in two consecutive games, but he will be unable to practice on Wednesday because of a quad injury. RBs Rashard Mendenhall @R_Mendenhall and Isaac Redman @ired33 are expected to begin limited practices this week with a potential return for both. This will only further complicated a full backfield. Dwyer has 229 rushing yards on just 34 carries in his last two games.

Fantasy Analysis:

Dwyer is averaging 6.7 yards per carry in his last two games but it is worth noting those performances came against two below-average run defenses. Assuming that Dwyer is the featured back, he's certainly worth a start against the New York Giants' 19th-ranked run defense. Redman and Mendenhall have not played since Oct 11. For now, Redman might end up being the starter although it's best to wait until later in the week to see how these injuries play out.

Ed Bouchette via Twitter

3 Comments | Add Yours

How do you label the Redskins Run D below average? After the Steelers game, they are still averaging only 92.1 yards allowed via the run - good for 10th in the league... which puts them in the upper third of the run defenses.

Posted by:
ThePush 10/31/12 01:11 AM

Even though your car has pink trim, its color is the most prominent representation. I agree, however, both the Steelers and Redskins have AVERAGE run defenses, so far, this year.

Posted by:
shudogg78 10/31/12 12:11 PM

I can see calling the Redskins D average (really depends on where you make the cut-offs for above-average, average and below-average), just don't see what stat you'd use to justify calling them below-average.

Posted by:
ThePush 10/31/12 04:06 PM

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