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Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:24 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 4:34 pm
Pittsburgh will be without Mendenhall for the postseason. (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

The Steelers will face the Broncos in Sunday's wild-card game without their starting running back. Rashard Mendenhall, the team's 2008 first-round pick, has a torn ACL, according to Rapid Reporter Chuck Finder (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Head coach Mike Tomlin hinted after Sunday's win over the Browns that Mendenhall could be out for some time and tests have confirmed those fears.

Now Pittsburgh will lean heavily on Isaac Redman, and undrafted rookie free agent John Clay, who didn't get his first carry until Week 16 against the Rams. Veteran Mewelde Moore could also be an option if he has recovered from a knee injury suffered in San Francisco two weeks ago. 

Prior to the regular-season finale in Cleveland, the biggest injury issue for the Steelers centered around the health of their franchise quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben suffered a high-ankle sprain three weeks ago during the first meeting between Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He limped his way through a loss against the 49ers but sat out last week's victory over the Rams.

In addition to Mendenhall, Pittsburgh could also be without cornerbacks Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis, who suffered shoulder and hamstring injuries, respectively, in Cleveland. Safety Ryan Clark may also miss the Broncos game because of sickle-cell trait that is triggered when he plays football at high altitudes. His status will be decided later in the week.

Pittsburgh Steelers' running back, Isaac Redman, carried the ball 19 times for 92 yards and a touchdown in a 13-9 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Join CBS Sports' Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots for a recap of all the action.

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Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:37 am

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

     Dew Amped is a total moron. 

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:29 am

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

brutus33, you think losing by 28 was a fluke?  OK, keep believing that while the Steelers are crashing and burning in the 2nd round.  Enjoy the playoff victory (actually more like a bye week) over the Donkeys, it's all the Steelers will get this season.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:37 pm

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

tomaso1.  Clearly, you are part of the trash in Cleveland that cheered when he got hurt on Sunday.  Your jealousy of our team is evident in your post and your cheers.  Your fans and your city are low class and never will be anything more. 

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:21 pm

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

This is just horrible news for the Steeler fans.
They predicate the pass knowing defenses have to respect the run. Redman is ok, but can't carry the load for 4 quarters. Eventually he will break down forcing gimpy legged Rothlisburger to throw the ball more.
The Steeler pass play options are very limited and will become easy to defend against as they don't have a great deal of variety.
The Steeler D will dominate in Denver, but after that... I don't have to post anymore... you know the end result.

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:09 pm

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL


Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:49 am

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

The Steelers will not lose this weekend. Playing The Broncos with Tebow lately is like getting a bye. Similar to what Eagles opponents had most of this season!!!

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:20 am

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

CamCrazy, Typical Philliy idiot.  Your team sucked this year so you have to come on here and attack our team.  Do you want to talk about a team that wasn't the "power that everyone else thought they were"?  That is the perfect description of your Eagles.  The Steelers were 12-4.  How is that not a power?  It is only not a power to an Eagles fan.  This is yet another example of how Philly fans are the worst in sport.

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:57 am
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Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:45 am

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

As soon as they lose, likely this weekend but definately next weekend. I know this will be everyones excuse as to why they lost........instead of the fact that they are just not that 'power' everyone else though they were anymore.....

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:27 am

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

Eugene  An unfortunate injury to Rashard Mendenhall. I agree with you that it takes away a dimension to the Steelers offense. However, it does not mean that the chances to win in the play-offs is over. It certainly makes the depth at running back very shallow. Isaac Redman and John Clay will have to step up and Bruce Araians will need to adjust the running plays to go to their strengths. These young running backs will also have to have their pass blocking assignments down cold.

There are different schools of thought on whether to rest players or play them for meaningless games. However, this was not a meanlingless game. The Steelers needed to win because they did not know what the outcome of the Bengals-Ravens game would be. I cannot imagine the criticism that Mike Tomlin would suffer if he sat his starters and the Bengals avoided bungling their game and the Patriots had also lost ... now that would have been one of the all time dumbest decisions - giving up a one seed to rest your starters.

I do agree with you that Ben Roethlisberger should have been sat down in the 49ers game once the game was decided but this did not happen until the middle of the 4th quarter. I don't care if he wanted to keep playing - at that point Mike Tomlin should have sat him down.

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