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Steelers remove Rashard Mendenhall, Casey Hampton from PUP list

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Two veteran Steelers recovering from torn ACLs have been deemed ready to start practicing by the team.

The Steelers announced Friday afternoon that they have activated running back Rashard Mendenhall and defensive tackle Casey Hampton from the physically-unable-to-perform list. There wasn’t much sign that either player was close to being ready to play in recent days, but they have obviously progressed enough to make the Steelers see what they can do on the field.

Mendenhall’s activation is a bigger surprise because every voice from Steelers camp, including General Manager Kevin Colbert’s, has indicated that he would start the season on the PUP list. That would give him at least six more weeks of recovery time that he appeared to need given his limited work this offseason. The Steelers have been dealing with injuries to Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer in the backfield as well, which makes you wonder if that’s contributing to the course correction with Mendenhall.

Hampton has long maintained that he would be ready for Week One so his change in circumstances isn’t quite as surprising. Activating him now gives him solid practice time as well as the chance to play in a couple of preseason games if the Steelers feel its necessary.

Neither player is eligible to be placed on the regular season PUP list, which means that they’ll count against the 53-man roster unless they are placed on injured reserve or otherwise dispatched from the team.

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28 Responses to “Steelers remove Rashard Mendenhall, Casey Hampton from PUP list”
  1. richndc says: Aug 17, 2012 2:36 PM

    Isnt Hampton the cat that squeezed off that real loud one and blamed it on Nancy Grace on Dancing with the Stars, gross!!!

  2. Bubby Brister says: Aug 17, 2012 2:39 PM

    Oh, Mike Wallace is never gonna play for them again. Oh, Casey Hampton isn’t gonna be the anchor on the defensive line anymore. Oh, Isaac Redman can’t do it by himself. Todd Haley and Ben will bump heads. Blah, blah, blah, blah.

    The wishful thinking is disintegrating before the haters’ eyes.

    I haven’t been this excited about a Steelers team’s potential in a long time.

  3. iamthefootballjerk says: Aug 17, 2012 2:44 PM

    Mendenhall is a complete head-scratcher. Unless Redman is REALLY hurt, I don’t see the risk equaling the reward. There must be more to this than is being let on.

  4. Stiller43 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:47 PM

    “The Steelers have been dealing with injuries to Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer in the backfield as well, which makes you wonder if that’s contributing to the course correction with Mendenhall.”

    Because there are a couple injuries (dwyer is back at practice btw), they would activate a guy who still has a bum acl and make him ineligible to be on pup to start the season? It doesnt make smart people wonder…

  5. brewdiggy says: Aug 17, 2012 2:47 PM

    Here we go Steelers

  6. holeinone09 says: Aug 17, 2012 2:55 PM

    A little surprised but happy on this news. I am sure they have a ways to go before they can play, but they must have both made enough good progress to come off the list.

  7. gronkspike802 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:05 PM

    It’s not the “physically-unable-to-prepare” list, it’s the Physically Unable to Perform list.

  8. steelerdynasty2010 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:09 PM

    “big snack” i get, but why mendenhall? i’m sure we can find anyone to average 2.3 yards per carry. maybe they’re gearing up to trade him for a new snack machine in the locker room

  9. bgsusteelers says: Aug 17, 2012 3:21 PM

    Not really much risk for the Steelers of Fumblehall comes back early. He isn’t going to be re-signed by a cap strapped Steelers team next year anyways. Honestly, unless you have an Adrian Peterson or Marshall Faulk on your team, there is no reason to pay any running back more than a couple million per season. Running backs aren’t a nice suit that you buy and wear for 6 or 7 years anymore. They are an undershirt that you replace annually.

  10. timmons94 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:27 PM

    Amen bgsu. Bg falcons ? Browns r insane to draft rb in top 5. Dwyer may end up starting. 7th rd pick. Redman undrafted free agent as way clay who is now put for year. Batch-7th rd. Rainey -5th. Reason browns stink every year and steelers compete for titles

  11. randallflagg52 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:37 PM

    Mendenhall is a guy I wouldn’t mind seeing get broken by Ray Lewis again. I’m not saying that because he’s a steeler, I’m saying that because he is a terrorist sympathizer.

    Any self respecting franchise would have cut him the second he tweeted that BS, Chad Ochocinco got cut for possibly beating his wife afterall (even though James Harrison was actually CHARGED with domestic assualt). Some teams just don’t care about off the field issues I guess.

  12. steelers4385 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:40 PM

    Rashard sucks. Never liked the guy. Wish to god redman would start. He lowers his shoulder instead of spinning and dancing every worthless carry

  13. iknowurider72 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:48 PM

    @bubby brister – Nice job trying to talk yourself into excitement this year. The Steelers will be a tough team as they always are. However, there is some rust starting to show and you can’t deny it. The defense is aging, players are going down with injuries. There may be some cause for concern about this year.

  14. dewker says: Aug 17, 2012 3:52 PM

    @Randallflagg52

    I’m a Steelers fan and can’t agree with you more!!!! Hopefully he gets used, abused and thrown away with the trash this year!

  15. ravenator says: Aug 17, 2012 3:58 PM

    As if these players will make any difference? Steeler fans know, season is over before it even begins.

  16. steelersownyou says: Aug 17, 2012 4:10 PM

    @randallflagg52….I know you’re right. It’s like having Ray Lewis stabbing and killing someone yet the Ravens doing absolutely nothing about it! In other words pipe down lil Raven fan. You have a murderer on your team! Chump

  17. upyoursnfu says: Aug 17, 2012 4:15 PM

    Last time Ray Lewis broke Mendenhall, the Steelers went on to beat the Ratbirds not once, not twice but three times in a season….and go on to win the superbowl.

    Just a histroy lesson for ya, Ravens fans.

  18. realityonetwo says: Aug 17, 2012 4:17 PM

    Mendenhall must be SUPERHUMAN like AP, right?

  19. ravenator says: Aug 17, 2012 4:27 PM

    Tebow, enough said.

  20. timmons94 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:30 PM

    Chip shot. Shanked. Enough said

  21. raventater says: Aug 17, 2012 4:32 PM

    Weeden, nuff said.

  22. steelers33 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:33 PM

    @ravenator

    Lol how about your season, your best chance to make a Super Bowl was last year because you didn’t have to verse( or should I say choke) against us in the playoffs. What about your team. Lol no Suggs(aka gingivitis) on defense, old and injured Ed Reed, and really old Ray Lewis who has been done for a while. And what about your offense, you still have that idiot offensive coordinator, your offensive line is going to suck, and you still lack talent at the wide receiver position. Above all you still have Joe Flacco who is NEVER going to lead you guys to a Super Bowl ever. Plays awful in the playoffs, and you say oh look at last year verse the Patriots, don’t forget he was versing one of the worst playoff defenses ever. While our team is adding and developing great young talent, and we are in the Super Bowl hunt again this year( like we are almost every season). Keep chasing our 6 rings bitch

  23. upyoursnfu says: Aug 17, 2012 4:41 PM

    Remember the 2010 playoff game where the Ravens blew a 14 point lead to the Steelers? Yeah, I think Mendenhall scored a TD on that game.

    Oh yeah, wide left.

  24. mmmpierogi says: Aug 17, 2012 4:58 PM

    randallflagg52 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:37 PM

    Any self respecting franchise would have cut him the second he tweeted that BS, Chad Ochocinco got cut for possibly beating his wife afterall (even though James Harrison was actually CHARGED with domestic assualt). Some teams just don’t care about off the field issues I guess.

    *******************************************************************

    Seriously, what are these teams thinking. I mean, what garbage organization was it that actually signed Donte Stallworth right after the whole DUI thing a couple years back, and even voted him the Ed Block award that year after he did nothing on the field all season? Ridiculous.

  25. fsf7 says: Aug 17, 2012 5:20 PM

    randallflagg52 says:Aug 17, 2012 3:37 PM

    Mendenhall is a guy I wouldn’t mind seeing get broken by Ray Lewis again. I’m not saying that because he’s a steeler, I’m saying that because he is a terrorist sympathizer.

    Any self respecting franchise would have cut him the second he tweeted that BS, Chad Ochocinco got cut for possibly beating his wife afterall (even though James Harrison was actually CHARGED with domestic assualt). Some teams just don’t care about off the field issues I guess.
    ———————————————
    #1 – Mendenhall is not a Terrorist Sympathisizer. I did not like his comments either, but he voiced his opinion about the celebration over the killing of a person. In this country, there is a thing called the first amendment.
    #2 – The charges against James Harrison were DROPPED by the District Attorney.

    Maybe some teams just don’t care about off the field issues – but do you guess some people don’t care about getting the whole truth or just half of it. You specifically bring up Ray Lewis – who was CHARGED with MURDER and CONVICTED of OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE – why aren’t you critical of him?

  26. sixlombardisinyourface says: Aug 17, 2012 6:35 PM

    @ravenator

    2010 playoff game Ravens had a 14 point lead and lost – To The Steelers.

    Last season – barely beat the Texans who had a rookie QB and gave you the field position for the winning TD via a pic.

    Cundiff.

    Ray Lewis 37, Ed Reed 34, Suggs out.

    Nuff said.

  27. raqaiw says: Aug 17, 2012 6:45 PM

    timmons94 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:27 PM

    Amen bgsu. Bg falcons ? Browns r insane to draft rb in top 5. Dwyer may end up starting. 7th rd pick. Redman undrafted free agent as way clay who is now put for year. Batch-7th rd. Rainey -5th. Reason browns stink every year and steelers compete for titles
    ________________________________________________________________
    Glass house timmons94. The Steelers drafted Mendenhal in the 1st the same year as the Ravens drafted Rice in the 2nd. No question Rice > Mendenhal.

  28. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 17, 2012 7:52 PM

    Mendy shredded his ACL —THIS— year!

    Even considering injury concerns to Redman and Dwyer – I am *not* comfortable activating him, and frying a roster spot.

    Same for Casey “Big Snack” Hampton. McLendon is balling out on a grand scale. Let Hampton heal up – and then play out the string. Love Big Snack — just don’t want to rush a 365 pound man into the NFL trenches on a freshly torn ACL. And oh yeah, there goes another precious roster spot.

    Anyone see our play at OT on the left side? It has NOT been good. It has NOT been average. What it HAS been is cataclysmic. Ben goes down ===> we go down. In other words, those roster spots are exceptionally valuable. We can’t waste them so frivolously.

    Pittsburgh has a history of doing lots of things right.

    Pittsburgh, also has a history of rushing players onto the field too soon — and the predictable disastrous results ensue.

    2001 NFL Defensive POTY Kendrell Bell rendered useless because of repeatedly rushing him back injured.

    Last year alone, we rushed Woodley, Ben and Pouncey in — with zero upside, but LOTS of downside. ALL of that downside manifested itself precisely as could be expected. We need to smarten up on that end.

    I love Pittsburgh’s hard-as-nails attitude – but it needs to be tempered with some common sense. The years we rushed players in have come at great cost.

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