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Rashard Mendenhall goes down with right knee injury

Rashard Mendenhall, Kaluka Maiava, Scott Paxson AP

The Pittsburgh Steelers are having a bad day in many ways, but the biggest is that they’ve lost running back Rashard Mendenhall to a right knee injury.

Mendenhall was tackled at the end of a carry in the first quarter at Cleveland and immediately grabbed his knee in obvious pain. He limped off the field and then to the locker room and will apparently not return.

Mendenhall was off to a good start, with 38 first-quarter yards, but he’s going to fall short of his third straight 1,000-yard year, having left with 928 yards so far this season.

The big question facing the Steelers is whether they’ll have Mendenhall in the playoffs, or whether they’ll have to rely on backup Isaac Redman and undrafted rookie John Clay.

It doesn’t appear that the Steelers will get a bye week for Mendenhall, Ben Roethlisberger and their other banged-up players to rest: Pittsburgh needed both a win and a Baltimore loss to get a bye, but in the third quarter the Steelers are tied 6-6 and the Ravens are winning 17-3.

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10 Responses to “Rashard Mendenhall goes down with right knee injury”
  1. scoops1 says: Jan 1, 2012 6:10 PM

    ..Old, Slow and its over

  2. johnshawisgay says: Jan 1, 2012 6:10 PM

    Go Browns!

  3. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jan 1, 2012 6:13 PM

    I just have a hard time believing a defensive back could take a running back down demolition style.

  4. realmendontletothermenleaponthem says: Jan 1, 2012 6:15 PM

    Well, on the one hand that’s 2 less turnovers a game that the Steelers will have to overcome…

  5. dirtdawg55 says: Jan 1, 2012 6:33 PM

    Steelers are better off without him.

  6. mmcdan133 says: Jan 1, 2012 6:47 PM

    Starting to feel like it’s just not Pittsburgh’s year.

  7. oldbrowndawg says: Jan 1, 2012 7:40 PM

    Buckle up, Stiller fans. The days of your beating the Browns 41-9, etc, are OVER! We now have a legit, YOUNG defense and with six picks in the top four rounds in April and a ton of extra cash below the cap to spend on free agents, they’re comin’ after ya! ‘Bout time! Enjoy what may be your last trip to the playoffs for a long, LONG time. Go Denver! ((And whoever else they may be playing if they luck it out next week))

  8. rodgers419 says: Jan 1, 2012 7:51 PM

    I spent the day telling family and friends that Redman was better than Mendenhall anyway.

    Then Redman had two fourth quarter fumbles.

    I’m smooth.

  9. ilovefootball25 says: Jan 1, 2012 8:00 PM

    They travel to Denver…I’m a Broncos fan, but I think Pittsburgh will come out with a win next week. After that…I don’t know…

  10. barklikeadog says: Jan 1, 2012 8:31 PM

    That is how you LEGALLY play the game – no cheap shots. You see that horrison?

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