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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: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:46 pm

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

Not worried at all. Mendenhall hasn't been running that well for most of the year. He had a few decent games near the end of the year, but redman has been reliable asll year and that shouldn't change now.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:45 pm

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

Very unfortunate for Mendenhall and the Steelers.  Redman is more than capable as shown by the great game he had on Sunday.  Redman has been a durable and capable back-up for 2 years and now gets a chance to propel the Steelers out of the first round.  As far as I know, this will be the first playoff game in years where the starting RB is from a Division II HBCU (Historical Black College and/or University).  This is a great opportunity for Redman to shine and I have no doubt the Steelers will be victorious.


Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:40 pm

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall has torn ACL

that is a big blow to the steelers but they are really a passing team and big ben will air it out and the team is strong enough to over Rashard's ACL injury and the steelers will see the pats in the AFC Championship game! Go Steelers 

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