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Steelers don’t expect Mendenhall to play Week One

Rashard Mendenhall AP

The Steelers took Rashard Mendenhall off the Physically Unable to Perform list, which means they expect him to play during the first six weeks of the regular season.

But they don’t expect him to play Week One.

Mendenhall is not expected to be ready for the regular-season opener and may not play in any of the Steelers’ three September games, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

After suffering a torn ACL on January 1, Mendenhall hasn’t been expected to return for the start of the regular season, and it was a surprise when the Steelers took him off the PUP list today. But if he had stayed on the PUP list into the start of the season, he would have had to sit out at least the first six weeks of the regular season. Going off the PUP list now means the Steelers will have to count Mendenhall toward their 53-man roster limit, but they can put him on the field whenever he’s ready.

At the moment, it’s looking like the best bet for when Mendenhall is ready is Week Five against the Eagles, after the Steelers’ Week Four bye.

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7 Responses to “Steelers don’t expect Mendenhall to play Week One”
  1. skoobyfl says: Aug 17, 2012 5:12 PM

    He’s a gamer, get well soon RM!

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Aug 17, 2012 5:18 PM

    Then why not just keep him on the PUP list? 2 weeks isn’t going to break the Steelers season and giving him 2 more weeks to heal wouldn’t kill them.

    Same thing with my guy Adrian Peterson

  3. larrydavid815 says: Aug 17, 2012 5:19 PM

    Wish him good health and a speedy recovery. Steelers backfield needs him.

  4. blacknyellablacknyella says: Aug 17, 2012 5:33 PM

    You’re saying two more weeks in addition to the inital four?

    Probably because they’re getting a bit thin at RB with several guys in the infirmary (John Clay – just got cut, Ike Redman – groin).

  5. biffnasty says: Aug 17, 2012 6:28 PM

    Issac Redmond just jumped considerably on my fantasy board

  6. csilojohnson says: Aug 17, 2012 8:00 PM

    I hope Redman still gets bulk of carries. Rashard is good but he needs to stop dancing and hit a hole!

  7. jaypell says: Aug 18, 2012 9:10 AM

    He hasn’t had a decent o line to open anything up…trust me on this one…he’s going to have a great year…the Steelers are going to have a great year….go Steelers are

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