The Steelers running back carousel continues. After every running back on the team seemed to come down with a case of the fumbles last Sunday against the Browns, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin has decided to give Jonathan Dwyer, who only had one fumble against the Browns compared to the two that Rashard Mendenhall had, the start this week against the Ravens. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has promoted Jonathan Dwyer to start at halfback Sunday in Baltimore. Tomlin listed Dwyer as the starter on the new depth chart that is out this morning with Isaac Redman No. 2 and former starter Rashard Mendenhall No. 3. While Tomlin’s depth charts do not always reflect reality — Ben Roethlisberger is listed as the starting quarterback this week, as he was listed last week even though he was out — this is a significant change for him because Mendenhall has been listed as the starter all season. All four halfbacks on the active list lost fumbles in Sunday’s loss in Cleveland. Mendenhall started and, with a 7-0 Steelers lead, he lost the first one on the team’s second play on offense, his second carry. After those first two carries, Mendenhall got only two more carries against the Browns. Tomlin pulled him from the game and continued to pull his other backs after they fumbled. Dwyer, who fumbled when a defender’s helmet hit the ball hard, had nine carries for 19 yards.