The University of Illinois product signed a one-year contract with the Red Birds back in March after five seasons in the Steel City. In two of those campaigns Mendenhall rushed for over 1,000 yards, including a career-high 1,273 yards in 2010.
Arians will remain cautious with Mendenhall. Time is still on Arizona's side. Taylor and Alfonso Smith stepped up and combined for 85 yards against the Packers.
"We’re not going to push that knee,” Arians told azcentral.com. “Can’t say enough about Stepfan and Alfonso for stepping up and carrying the load.”
That's for sure. For now though, Mendenhall's patella tendinitis bears close scrutiny as does Ryan Williams' sore knee. The Cardinals are counting on both of those running backs to help boost Arizona's anemic rushing attack.
It's not time to panic.
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