Fantasy Football: Latest on Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall, Bernard Berrian, Marcus Trufant
|10.09.11 at 12:31 pm ET|
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to start Sunday against the Titans, but this may still be a good week to bench him. ESPN’s Jamison Henley reported that Roethlisberger was limping badly during pregame warm-ups and could barely run at half-speed when the Steelers sprinted to midfield. Roethlisberger sprained his left foot last week.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall will be a game-time decision for the Steelers game against the Titans Sunday. Mendenhall is questionable with a hamstring injury, and even if he does play in Sunday’s game, he will play backup to Isaac Redman. Since the Titans have the eighth-ranked run defense in the NFL and running backs with hamstring issues are never good news, Mendenhall likely will not be a productive fantasy player this week.
The Vikings announced Bernard Berrian will be inactive for Sunday’s game. Berrian has not been much of a factor in fantasy leagues this year, but he was not listed on the injury report this week. Beat writer Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press suggested Berrian may have been benched because of comments on Twitter questioning his role on the offense and taking a shot at a state lawmaker. After catching one pass for 20 yards last week against the Chiefs, Berrian wrote wide open at least 5 times . . . starting the #getBTwicetherockCampaign enough is enough.
Later, Berrian responded to a tweet from lawmaker John Kriesel in which Kriesel called Berrian hilarious because of his comments about his role on the offense. Berrian wrote Anytime u wanna watch the film with me. Not just one game but all of them . . . and if not, sit down n shut up!!
The Seahawks announced cornerback Marcus Trufant will be inactive this week with a back injury. The Seahawks secondary has struggled and will be even worse without Trufant, but they are not the worst secondary in the league. Trufant’s absence will be a concern, but not an increased reason to panic for anyone who has the Seahawks as a defense.