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Report: Rashard Mendenhall may have torn ACL

Posted on: January 1, 2012 8:38 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 8:40 pm
 

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.

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The biggest injury issue for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they headed into their Week 17 matchup with the Browns 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 Week 15 loss in San Francisco but sat out last week's victory over the Rams.

With playoff seedings on the line, Pittsburgh started Roethlisberger, who played the entire game without setbacks. The same can't be said for running back Rashard Mendenhall, who left in the first quarter with a knee injury. During the post-game press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that Mendenhall may have a torn ACL and likely wouldn't be available when the Steelers travel to Denver to face the Broncos in the wild-card round next weekend. According to ProFootballTalk.com, the team will perform an MRI Monday.

That means Pittsburgh will lean heavily on Isaac Redman, who came down with a sudden case of the fumbles in Cleveland (he lost two fourth-quarter fumbles that kept the Browns in the game) and rookie undrafted free agent John Clay. Veteran Mewelde Moore could also be an option if he has recovered from a knee injury suffered in San Francisco.

Tomlin isn't one to make excuses, instead choosing to say things like "the standard is the standard." Which means that whoever lines up behind Roethlisberger will be expected to do their job, whether that's running the ball, catching passes out of the backfield, or blocking on third down.

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Comments

Since: May 22, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:27 pm
 

Report: Rashard Mendenhall may have torn ACL

The Steelers have beaten the Ravens all three times they have played in the postseason.  Unsurprisingly, the Ravens celebrate division titles like the Steelers Super Bowls.



Since: Jun 28, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Report: Rashard Mendenhall may have torn ACL

Pretty big talk for a fan of a team that has not won a significant playoff game in over a decade,,Just saying..



Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:25 pm
 

Report: Rashard Mendenhall may have torn ACL

sorry to hear about mendenhalls injury but it will give the steelers fans an excuse if they are lucky enough to get that 3rd beat down from the ravens if they meet again its just not their year face it



Since: Jan 9, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:12 pm
 

Report: Rashard Mendenhall may have torn ACL

You are a moron.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:03 pm
 

Report: Rashard Mendenhall may have torn ACL

You know what they say about karma.  Maybe his pal Osama will reach out from his salt water resting place and heal it for him. 



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 8:53 pm
 

Report: Rashard Mendenhall may have torn ACL

If this was 3 years ago, it would be an issue.  I feel bad for him but the Steelers are a throwing team now


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