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Arizona Cardinals’ Rashard Mendenhall Still Hampered by Knee Tendinitis

August 11th, 2013 at 6:42 AM
By Steve Smith

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In the aftermath of the Arizona Cardinals' impressive 17-0 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Friday night, so many positive things come to mind – the great defense, Carson Palmer's steady play, Stepfan Taylor's impressive debut at running back.

One element was still missing though – running back Rashard Mendenhall, the former Steeler. Mendenhall is supposed to be Bruce Arians' lead back in 2013 but he has been sidelined by knee tendinitis.

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.

Yet.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Carson Palmer, Football, NFL, Rashard Mendenhall, Stepfan Taylor

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