by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
According to the Cardinals officially website (click here for the article):
Back on the field was running back Rashard Mendenhall, who had been dealing with a bad toe. “Rashard looked very, very good today and it was nice to see him running like that again,” Arians said.
Arizona is coming off their bye week, affording Mendenhall a chance to get healthy. He had missed Week 8, allowing Andre Ellington to play a larger role in the offense as he erupted for 154 yards and 1 TD on 15 carries.
Unfortunately, a healthy Mendenhall will likely help to limit Ellington’s upside. As it is the Cardinals gave Stepfan Taylor 14 carries in Mendenhall’s absence and the Arizona coaching staff has repeatedly said that they want to limit Ellington’s snaps.
Mendenhall has not been good this season, averaging just 3.1 yards per carry, but he should continue to handle the load on early downs. That doesn’t make him a viable option, as he is clearly not even the best back on his team.
Opportunity likely keeps him in the FLEX conversation, but that’s about it. As for Ellington, time will tell. He’s likely going to be a low-end RB2/FLEX option and nothing more until Arizona finally decides to give him more opportunity. There will be week’s like Week 8, where he can explode on limited touches, but it’s hard to count on that type of performance on a weekly basis.