Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall will start in week 10 against the Houston Texans according to head coach Bruce Arians. Mendenhall has been out and trying to recover from a toe injury.
The starting title just might be a professional courtesy to Mendenhall. Running back Andre Ellington has been explosive lately for the Cardinals and could finish the game with more touches than Mendenhall.
So far this season, Mendenhall has 92 carries for 281 yards. Ellington on the other hand, has 43 carries for 333 yards, a ridiculous 7.7 yards per carry average.
“It’s frustrating because you’d like to have more yards as a running back – that’s frustrating – but that’s not been what it’s been,” Mendenhall said of his poor stats, via the team’s website. “I know I’ve done all I can do so I’m OK with that.”
Mendenhall did some self scouting, knowing he needs to improve.
“That’s something I do all the time,” Mendenhall said. “I’m very critical of myself. Being from when I was in high school, that was a habit I started with my high school coach, just always kind of looking back at what I did, why I made the decision, what I could do better. That’s something I’ve always done and always grow and learn going forward.”
Arians said Mendenhall will start at RB and Jake Ballard will be active at TE. Sowell ready to start at LT. #HOUvsAZ
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) November 8, 2013
Bruce Arians said RB Rashard Mendenhall will resume his role as the starter Sunday.
— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) November 8, 2013