Mendenhall has struggled with fumbling this year. He's been benched for his work habits in the past, and it's hard not to wonder if more is going on behind the scenes with this demotion.
"Rashard will get an opportunity to redeem himself, I'm sure, at some point along this journey," Tomlin said. "That's the nature of this thing. There's ebb and flow and opportunities are presented."
In the meantime, expect Mendenhall to be presented with another gameday inactive status on Sunday.