It's going to be a redshirt year for Rashard Mendenhall. The Pittsburgh rookie fractured his shoulder against the Ravens Monday and is headed for injured reserve. The Steelers also lost starting right guard Kendall Simmons (Achilles) for the season.
Willie Parker isn't expected back for Week 5's game with Jacksonville, so Mewelde Moore figures to get a start. Moore is a small but slippery back who's generally more dangerous as a receiver; his 24-yard catch-and-run was the key play in Pittsburgh's overtime win. In medium and deep leagues, go ahead and add Moore, even if it's just a blocking move. PPR owners will want to consider him as a flex option next week.
The Ravens also dealt with injuries in the backfield Monday, as Willis McGahee hobbled off the field a couple of times (ultimately a chest injury ended his night). Le'Ron McClain took the baton with McGahee out and had some impressive moments (16-63 rushing; 3-26 receiving); he absolutely flattened a Pittsburgh defender on a powerful 2-yard touchdown run late in the fourth period. Even if McGahee winds up staying healthy, McClain looks too good for the club to ignore.
It's pretty clear the Baltimore coaches don't trust Ray Rice at all right now. He barely played at Pittsburgh and had just one carry. You can also throw Mark Clayton and Todd Heap on the side of a milk carton; neither guy had a catch, while Derrick Mason went off on the other flank (eight catches, 137 yards).
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