With Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall returning to the starting lineup Sunday to face the Houston Texans, the broader question was how much rookie Andre Ellington would touch the ball.

According to coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals would like to get Ellington the football around 20 times a game, per the team's official website.

It's worth noting that during his spectacular 154-yard performance in Week 9 as the starter in place of Mendenhall, Ellington touched the ball just 17 times. It's highly unlikely that number will increase when Mendenhall returns.

However, the "20 touches" comment by Arians underscores the Cardinals' realization that Ellington is their most dynamic running back. Even if Arians doesn't believe Ellington can be a between-the-tackles bell cow, the coach knows he needs to get the ball into his playmaker's hands.