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Steelers plan to place Mendenhall, Hampton on PUP

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Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall tore his right ACL on January 1 and underwent surgery two weeks later.

Steelers defensive tackle Casey Hampton joined Mendenhall in the ACL-tear club one week later and had his left knee ligament reconstructed on January 27.

While both players have expressed optimism about their availability for the 2012 season, Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he anticipates Hampton and Mendenhall beginning the year on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

My guess is they’ll open the season on PUP,” Colbert stated. “You’ve got to remember, both of those injuries happened late in the year.”

Once a player is placed on the regular season PUP list, he becomes ineligible to play in the first six games. The Steelers’ 2012 bye is in Week Four, so Mendenhall and Hampton wouldn’t be able to see game action until Week Eight.

Isaac Redman looks poised to enter the season as Pittsburgh’s primary tailback. Steve McLendon and rookie Alameda Ta’amu will be counted on to replace Hampton.

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38 Responses to “Steelers plan to place Mendenhall, Hampton on PUP”
  1. bettis3636 says: Jun 16, 2012 7:41 PM

    Thanks Rashard… But you are the weakest link… GOOD BYE

  2. ravenmuscle says: Jun 16, 2012 7:51 PM

    Stoolers can kiss this season goodbye. An OLD defense, no running attack and Mike Wallace will tear his acl in the first game. LITTLE Ben will be running for his life all season.

  3. mdavid36 says: Jun 16, 2012 7:55 PM

    “my guess is that they’ll open the season on the PUP”
    How does this mean the Steelers plan on placing them on the PUP list? You guys are desperate for a headline. Hampton is projected to be ready for the season opener because it takes defensive lineman less time to heal from this type of injury (6 months) then a running back (9 weeks) because they do not have to cut and run a lot.

  4. watermelon1 says: Jun 16, 2012 7:58 PM

    Ravens and steelers not getting off to a very good start and it’s only the offseason. With the tough schedule this year, I think only one team of coming I the playoffs from this division… And it might be the bengals.

  5. stew48 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:15 PM

    This very same article quoted here had a story about Mike Wallace and the fact the Steelers never planned to lower his offer, but that they wanted to do a long term contract. What gives, PFT, are only stories or guesses that are negative subject to being included here? Tch, tch!

  6. nimbushex says: Jun 16, 2012 8:30 PM

    Redman is better than Mendenhall anyway, really hope he gets traded/released after this season.

  7. rodgers419 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:38 PM

    Truth of the matter is that Mendenhall is just not that good. He’s an average RB and being a first round pick that makes him a disappointment. Isaac Redman performed better last year and should start in front of a healthy Mendenhall anyway.

  8. lolb23 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:41 PM

    No RB and their no.1 isn’t practicing with the team yet. 7-9 tops this year.

  9. juanweiner says: Jun 16, 2012 9:05 PM

    It is inconceivable to me that true fans of football, no matter what team, will doubt the Steelers success before the season starts. Through the years the Steelers have endured injuries, loss of top talent to free agency and more recently suspensions yet have continued to be competitive and playoff contenders year in and year out.

  10. preston0036 says: Jun 16, 2012 9:11 PM

    for any Steeler fan to keep saying Rashard Mendenhall isnt that good knows Nothing about Football he’s a Top five Talent Redmond is good and Tough like him alot but he’s no Mendenhall he’s Special Power Great footwork and has Home Run Speed the Man posted 1,300 Yards and 13 TD’S just two seasons ago watch the Game stop Drinking so much Iron City!!!

  11. zoidenflak says: Jun 16, 2012 9:17 PM

    lolb23 says:
    No RB and their no.1 isn’t practicing with the team yet. 7-9 tops this year.
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    Isn’t that what they said when Bradshaw missed the first four games…and they went 3-1 [and missed going 4-0 by 30 seconds]

  12. zoidenflak says: Jun 16, 2012 9:23 PM

    …oh, yeah…and they traded their best receiver [Holmes]…lost their starting running back…and still made the Super Bowl!

  13. bclower says: Jun 16, 2012 9:27 PM

    To all u Steeler hating rat bird fans that havent figured out yet that the Steelers have 6 rings and the rat birds have 1 u might as well find something else to do than post ur Steeler hate on line……… Blame ur crappy team and thank u very much will be in the area all day that is all…… Carry on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. sixburghrules says: Jun 16, 2012 9:28 PM

    Ravens and steelers not getting off to a very good start and it’s only the offseason. With the tough schedule this year, I think only one team of coming I the playoffs from this division… And it might be the bengals.
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    The Bengals? Not going to happen….Best they go is 3-3 in the division

    As for Mendenhall he is over-rated and Redmond under-rated

  15. frankiebooboo says: Jun 16, 2012 9:35 PM

    Did anyone ever figure oug why mendenhall was humping rothlisbergers leg after that playoff game

  16. sixburghrules says: Jun 16, 2012 9:35 PM

    reston0036 says: Jun 16, 2012 9:11 PM

    for any Steeler fan to keep saying Rashard Mendenhall isnt that good knows Nothing about Football he’s a Top five Talent Redmond is good and Tough like him alot but he’s no Mendenhall he’s Special Power Great footwork and has Home Run Speed the Man posted 1,300 Yards and 13 TD’S just two seasons ago watch the Game stop Drinking so much Iron City!!!
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    never was a big fan of him! sure he did break some runs but for the most part he ran east n west mostly east

    I can see Redmon taking hie job and doing it better! And Mendenhall is a POS for supporting Bin Laden anyway!

  17. sixburghrules says: Jun 16, 2012 9:41 PM

    kolb23 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:41 PM

    No RB and their no.1 isn’t practicing with the team yet. 7-9 tops this year.
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    you must be wishing your cards would win 7 this year

  18. steelmeats says: Jun 16, 2012 9:46 PM

    I can’t seem to figure out why everyone keeps talking about the defense being old again this year. They’ve done nothing but add young talent and released some of the old. The only thing that will be old about the D-line this year when the season begins will be kiesel, and he plays at a high level every year

  19. stew48 says: Jun 16, 2012 10:05 PM

    First of all, I did not like Mendenhall’s political comments even a little bit. But, unless I wasn’t watching very well last year, he ran East and West a lot because there were too many opposing players occupying the North-South routes. You might think me wrong, but the Steelers did devote their first TWO choices to OL. Is there a message there for you critics of RM?

  20. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jun 16, 2012 10:10 PM

    preston0036 says:
    Jun 16, 2012 9:11 PM
    for any Steeler fan to keep saying Rashard Mendenhall isnt that good knows Nothing about Football he’s a Top five Talent Redmond is good and Tough like him alot but he’s no Mendenhall he’s Special Power Great footwork and has Home Run Speed the Man posted 1,300 Yards and 13 TD’S just two seasons ago watch the Game stop Drinking so much Iron City!!!
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    Great footwork, yes. “Home run speed”? Uh, no. I can count on one hand the number of breakaway runs he’s made since he’s been a Steeler. Maybe you need to lay off the Natty Bo’s?

    Speed has been addressed with the addition of Mr. Rainey. Now THERE’S a blazer with after-burners. The perfect compliment to Raging Bull Redman. Sorry Ravens “this time you’re finished!” crew, the Steeler drafting brain trust has done it again. The Steelers’ “Thunder and Lightning” combo is set to roll in Pittsburgh.

  21. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jun 16, 2012 10:19 PM

    stew48 says:
    Jun 16, 2012 10:05 PM
    First of all, I did not like Mendenhall’s political comments even a little bit. But, unless I wasn’t watching very well last year, he ran East and West a lot because there were too many opposing players occupying the North-South routes. You might think me wrong, but the Steelers did devote their first TWO choices to OL. Is there a message there for you critics of RM?
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    No question there were OL issues. But that’s almost besides the point. Ask yourself: when Mendenhall did break containment, how many long (40-yard plus) gainers did he bust? How many times did he take it long to the house? He’s just not the home-run threat you need in a feature back. Geez, even Walter Abercrombie busted a long TD now and then.

    I’ll make you a friendly bet. I wager that Rainey has more long runs his first couple of years than Mendenhall’s cut his entire career. (And he won’t even be playing full time.) We’ll have to see, but remember when it happens, where you heard it first.

  22. ravenator says: Jun 16, 2012 10:22 PM

    Mendenhall yet another solid Steeler draft pick, hah! This team is so overrated

  23. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 16, 2012 10:29 PM

    Give Cedric Benson a call, he’ll give you a nice power back to mix with Redmon.

  24. ctdlc85 says: Jun 16, 2012 10:46 PM

    The Steelers addressed their Offensive Line concerns thus offseason, but I wonder if they did enough to compensate for the effects of age and injury in other areas? I’m not a Steelers fan, but I think they were one of the teams that was more hurt by the ramifications of the lockout last season.

    Those ramifications are going to be felt this year by a lot of teams, but some mayoress than others, and I think the Steelers will be one of the more unlucky ones in that respect.

  25. steelers8624 says: Jun 16, 2012 10:54 PM

    How come no one can spell Redmans name right?? It’s RedMAN… Not Redmon or Redmond lol

  26. steelers8624 says: Jun 16, 2012 10:59 PM

    Ravenator
    Mendenhall yet another solid Steeler draft pick, hah! This team is so overrated

    Coming from a ravens fan whose team is always been predicted to win the division and go to the Super Bowl every year and yet hasnt won since 01. Just be quiet and stop commenting on this your makin yourself look more ignorant after every post.
     

  27. numbr1steelersnumbr1bruceleenumbr1ugkfanever says: Jun 16, 2012 11:02 PM

    How does the thought of 7even sound 2da other 31 teams? Pepto any of u guys?

  28. steelcurtainn says: Jun 16, 2012 11:16 PM

    Why would you announce that in June? Thats crap! It still 3 months a way. Injuries always desimate the steelers. Great!!Can’t even start the season without injuries. I’m Sure Big Hamp doesn’t like the idea of going on the PUP after saying he planned to be ready by the opener. By the way, the Ravens still suck.

  29. chilomane says: Jun 16, 2012 11:24 PM

    Can he still dance though?

  30. mattmillen4president says: Jun 17, 2012 12:51 AM

    The level of stupidity in the comments is staggering. Idiocracy is here.

    Want to be taken seriously? Learn how to write above a fourth grade level. You’re an embarrassment to your family.

  31. SteelyMcBeam6 says: Jun 17, 2012 12:54 AM

    Vegas currently has the steelers at or around 11 wins. if Vegas thinks you’re relevant then you are period. They make money off this for a living for a reason, they aren’t wrong a whole lot.

  32. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 17, 2012 1:24 AM

    I don’t understand the need some feel to compare their team to another? Every year is a new opportunity to improve. Try being objective.

    I hate the Steelers, but acknowledge how good they are, how good they’ve been, and how good they’ll continue to be. Last year, their biggest weakness was their O-Line, and they took serious steps to rectify that situation in this years draft.

    The Steelers, as usual, aren’t going anywhere. They’ll continue to be solid fundamentally, they’ll continue to hit harder than any other team in the NFL, and they’ll be in the thick of the playoff hunt.

    I wish they’d collapse, but I sure wouldn’t bet on it.

  33. eggersthejerk says: Jun 17, 2012 1:38 AM

    I’ll never understand why anyone would wanna support a team with so many low character guys on it.

    They have a QB who says dumb things, does dumb (and sometimes dangerous) things, has a diva personality, and has more than once been accused of sexual misconduct.

    Then they have a RB who humps teammates in the pile & makes asinine statements about the most wanted terrorist in the world.

    Not to mention a WR (finally kicked off the squad) who was the dirtiest player at his position in the NFL.

    They also have a LB who’s routinely fined for playing very dirty (even by the standards of a defense that’s well known for cheap shot play) & who runs his big mouth in the press with comments criticizing both the NFL & it’s commissioner, which leaves him open to more fines & possible suspensions.

    Yep, what a great bunch of role models for young football players to follow. Yet instead of insisting the team get rid of all the bad apples on the team, Steeler fans would rather makes excuses for these clowns.

    Sure glad I never sold my sports soul like that by being a Pittsburgh fan.

  34. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jun 17, 2012 3:07 AM

    Here’s how the PFT “you’re screwed now!” game works, for those who want to play along at home.

    Player A — a guy that the opposing team’s fans had probably mocked up until now, and told you how much he sucks — gets hurt.

    Now all of a sudden Player A is a Hall of Famer! All so the opposing team’s fans can tell you “how screwed you are now that ____ is hurt” (or retiring, or cut, or whatever”.

    Ravens fans are champs at playing this game! (Yes, at least they can be champs of something.)

  35. numba1recx19 says: Jun 17, 2012 4:14 AM

    OMG steeled fans are stupid. They dont even realize that mendenhall is a special one of a kind player. They base him
    On stats. He has speed and burst with power and outside overall greatness that a lot of rbs can’t produce. Just cause he hurt, everyone slowly starts forgetting all he has done the last 2-3 seasons. Like c’mon, show some respect.

  36. youreallmorons says: Jun 17, 2012 8:13 AM

    Whoever mentioned a 4th grade reading/writing level on some of these posts was dead on!!

    First off I am a diehard Ravens fan. I hate the Steelers just as much as the next guy but the level of stupidity in these comments is rediculous. It just shows how little you all know about football.

    Everyone who says the Ravens and Steelers are done are just MORONS. There is a reason that each year they are fighting for the top spot in the division and are one of the best rivalries in football and that is because we are 2 of the best run organizations in the entire league. Hate all you want but from the top down -from ownership, GM, players, and fan bases – there are few that could touch us. All these Bengals and Browns fans should try to copy exactly what we have been doing for years and then maybe you wont be looking up at us each year (minus the one year here or there where your teams miraculously string together some good games)

    So keep hating on us because neither the Steelers or Ravens will be going anywhere for years to come. By saying that each of our teams are done just shows how little you know and shows that you cant remove emotion from this and step back and make an educated evalutation of a team. It really makes you look stupid!!

    One message to all Steelers fans though…stop comparing Super Bowl titles to the Ravens. The length of time our 2 franchises have been in existence makes the argument irrelevant.

  37. fsf7 says: Jun 17, 2012 11:57 AM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    No question there were OL issues. But that’s almost besides the point. Ask yourself: when Mendenhall did break containment, how many long (40-yard plus) gainers did he bust? How many times did he take it long to the house? He’s just not the home-run threat you need in a feature back. Geez, even Walter Abercrombie busted a long TD now and then.
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    Based on this logic, Timmy Smith is better than John Riggins and Willie Parker is better than Jerome Bettis. There is more to being a great running back than just having great speed. There is having great footwork, vision, making people miss, breaking tackles and more.

    Can you name the RB with the most yards of any team to reach the Super Bowl in the Roger Goodell era (since 2006)?

    Answer: Rashard Mendenhall – with 1273 yards in 2010. (Only 3 have had more yards rushing and reached the SB since 2003)

    Mendenhall does decelerate when he breaks into the open field, but he also has phenomenal footwork and a great initial burst. When both the Steelers OL has blocked well and he has ran with discipline, Mendenhall has been hard to stop.

    Mendenhall was the key reason for the Steelers defeating the Jets in the 2010 AFC Championship. The Packers struggled with stopping Mendenhall until a big play by Matthews caused a fumble (part of the blame for that falls on missed blocking assignment).

    Mendenhall is a quality RB, not the best in the NFL, but hardly a weak link. And too compare him to Walter Abercrombie is nonsense.

  38. steel2372 says: Jun 17, 2012 8:57 PM

    Mendy is a quality RB and the Steelers could do much worse than him as the starter. Redman is very underrated and I think everyone is about to find that out this upcoming season. He is a pitbull. I personally love the way Redman goes about his business on the football field. I also like the Mendy plays as well. Just two different styles. That doesn’t make either one a bad back. Make way for the Redman!!

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