|Whether Rashard Mendenhall plays or not, Isaac Redman looks to get the start. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Heading into the season, the Steelers were favorites to win the AFC North. After a month, they're 2-2, the defense is reeling, and the injury report continues to grow.
And there might be another name on the list (though it appears to be written in pencil). Sources tell ESPN's Josina Anderson that running back Rashard Mendenhall won't play Sunday against the Titans. Meanwhile, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that Mendenhall hasn't yet been ruled out and could play a reserve role.
The Sunday-morning injury report lists Mendenhall as questionable. Either way, with third-down Mewelde Moore out, Isaac Redman will start and Jonathan Dwyer, the team's 2010 sixth-round pick, will also see time.
During his weekly press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin said that the team hoped to have Mendenhall available Sunday, and in the event that he couldn't go, there was the possibility of signing rookie running back John Clay from the practice squad. As of this morning, no roster moves had been announced, which could indicate that Mendenhall will, in fact, dress. Otherwise, the Steelers will have just two running backs active against the Titans.
Whatever the running back situation, Pittsburgh's list of walking wounded is extensive. On defense, James Harrison and his backup Jason Worlids are out, as are Casey Hampton and Aaron Smith. On offense, right tackle Willie Colon was placed on injured reserve after Week 1, left guard Chris Kemoeatu is out, and left tackle Jonathan Scott likely won't play for the second consecutive week. Which means that Max Starts, signed off his couch earlier this week, could be the team's starting left tackle against Tennessee. Starks last played in an NFL game in November 2010.
Oh, yeah, and the team's most important player, Ben Roethlisberger, will be playing with a sprained left foot.
The Tennessee Titans look to continue their hot streak as they prepare to travel to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. NFL.com's Pat Kirwan joins Jason Horowitz to preview this game. Watch the game on CBS at 1 PM ET.
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