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Mendenhall didn’t show up for Sunday’s game

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Plenty of times, players are accused of not showing up for a given game.  In most cases, the player was physically present.

As to Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, he literally didn’t show up for Sunday’s game against the Chargers.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mendenhall was a no-show for the game, failing to arrive after being told he wouldn’t be on the active game-day roster.

As a result, Mendenhall will not appeal the suspension, which will cost him more than $41,000 in lost pay.

“What’s happened, happened,” agent Mike McCartney told Bouchette.  “When I spoke to Rashard, I know he is very excited next Monday to rejoin his teammates.  He’s going to come back with great energy to do everything he can to help the Pittsburgh Steelers win football games.”

Mendenhall also needs to help himself.  In March, he’ll be a free agent, hitting a market that has gone soft when it comes to running back.Though it may not be too late for Mendenhall to help the Steelers, it’s probably too late for him to boost his own chances to get anything more than a one-year, low-money deal.

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33 Responses to “Mendenhall didn’t show up for Sunday’s game”
  1. humbleminded85 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:06 AM

    Thanks to all the Steelers fans who supplied us with this news last night when first reported. Florio how come you only write posts that include something regarding legal matters and/or suspensions? Your lack of ever playing sports + your lawyer-like mentality really ooze’s out sometimes. Like the whole Falcons egging thing, you were the ONLY one to write about it for 3 straight days, and they were all dedicated to finding the “culprit” and making sure he or she loses their job. Your all about legality matters which is fine seeing thats your MO, but please let the football heads talk football and stay in your lane.

  2. skins716 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:12 AM

    not a steeler fan by any means, but that me first attitude won’t work with that organization. just ask mike wallace

  3. stoogy says: Dec 12, 2012 8:16 AM

    hey guys remember when rayray broke his shoulder. Its a good highlight clip!

  4. tomtravis76 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:18 AM

    These players have only so many years to earn big dollars from playing a game, to throw away 41k at his age is just stupid.

  5. kwgator says: Dec 12, 2012 8:34 AM

    You could argue that none of the Pittsburgh Steelers showed up for the San Diego Game

  6. billh1947 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:39 AM

    You just know these players are over paid when they decide they dont have to show up for a game on Sunday because they wont play anyways thus volunteering to throw $41,000 down the toilet and have it mean not a thing to them,if he wanted to lose that much money he could have donated it to charity instead of burning it up.when will these prina donnas start to understand just what signing an NFL contract means other than making them super rich stripper chasers.

  7. jwil007 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:40 AM

    Come sign with Cincy in the off season for a 1 yr deal…prove yourself with BGE splitting carries and sign the big deal in 2014…..Rebuild your image in 2013. Good luck

  8. myroncopesflask says: Dec 12, 2012 8:53 AM

    Like I have been saying for weeks. Mendenhall and Wallace will both be wearing a Colts uniform next year. I understand that both players no longer fit in with the Steelers but i have a feeling both players will blow up with a change of scene.

  9. wayne1693 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:55 AM

    Yes, it’s a Passing League, but finding a running-back that can play every game & average 4+ is still invaluable.

  10. nomorewhodey says: Dec 12, 2012 9:01 AM

    He showed talent early on. But never really lived up to his 1st round status. Another big 10 rb bust.

  11. sudz28 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:04 AM

    No, it’s too late. It’s been years since he’s been anything more than average to C- running back. Not worth anyone signing him in my opinion, although I’m willing to bet the Ratbirds pick him up as they have a tendency to eat the crumbs that fall from our table.

  12. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 12, 2012 9:09 AM

    You will have plenty of chances to use a sick day when you’re riding the back step of the trash truck next year, but when you’re working for Mike Tomlin, you gotta show up, son!!

  13. ravenator says: Dec 12, 2012 9:12 AM

    Wow what a bust. Bet they wished they drafted Ray Rice. Steeler fans will tell you though that theyre the best at drafting. Hah! They’re frauds.

  14. patsfan says: Dec 12, 2012 9:26 AM

    seems to be more players getting suspended for quitting on their teams this year.

  15. ravensnosncaps says: Dec 12, 2012 9:38 AM

    No, it’s too late. It’s been years since he’s been anything more than average to C- running back. Not worth anyone signing him in my opinion, although I’m willing to bet the Ratbirds pick him up as they have a tendency to eat the crumbs that fall from our table.

    Yeah cause he is better than Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. Please.

  16. shutupbrees says: Dec 12, 2012 10:00 AM

    “Thanks to all the Steelers fans who supplied us with this news last night when first reported. Florio how come you only write posts that include something regarding legal matters and/or suspensions? Your lack of ever playing sports + your lawyer-like mentality really ooze’s out sometimes. Like the whole Falcons egging thing, you were the ONLY one to write about it for 3 straight days, and they were all dedicated to finding the “culprit” and making sure he or she loses their job. Your all about legality matters which is fine seeing thats your MO, but please let the football heads talk football and stay in your lane.”

    I’m shocked this comment is still displaying on the message board. Florio is Kim Jong Il when it comes to criticism of him in the comments, and the post gets immediately eliminated.

  17. gpatrick15 says: Dec 12, 2012 10:03 AM

    If Whisenhunt remains in Arizona next season (doubtful, I know), I’m positive that will be one of Mendenhall’s first stops on his free agency tour. They love getting the Steelers cast offs.

  18. steel420 says: Dec 12, 2012 10:09 AM

    He’s a restricted free agent at the end of the season, so I wonder if the Steelers will tender him anything in hopes of picking up a draft pick from another team. He has been a disappointment for the Steelers, but he still has talent and is young. There’s a few teams out there that will give him a shot next year to at least make their 53,

  19. buffalosaint says: Dec 12, 2012 10:11 AM

    There’s a reason Pierre Thomas started in front of him in college and it’s not talent.

  20. krissyannd says: Dec 12, 2012 10:16 AM

    This is the guy they put Fast Willie Parker off the field. Willie had more grace and poise then this clown. Oh yeah, that’s where he can go, to the mistake by the lake.

  21. mattolikesthevikes says: Dec 12, 2012 10:30 AM

    Dummy. These idiot athletes take that kind of cash for granted. Always fun to see the in bankruptcy in a few years though.

  22. geniusesq says: Dec 12, 2012 10:31 AM

    Why not suspend him years ago? He hasn’t showed up on game day since he was drafted.

  23. ccjcsr says: Dec 12, 2012 10:43 AM

    Rb’s aren’t a valuable commodity anymore, get people to block and anybody can run the ball

  24. iamthefootballjerk says: Dec 12, 2012 10:47 AM

    Any team that decides to pick this guy up should require him to read about Pat Tillman, and what honor and integrity mean. He’s certainly made his own bed here, like Santonio Holmes did.

    BTW, why is every Steelers fan I meet in person genuinely nice and respectable, while the ones on this forum tend to be the opposite?

  25. trojan33sc says: Dec 12, 2012 10:57 AM

    Actually i’m impressed, to find a pro football player that’s upset that he’s not going to play in the game as opposed to it all being about the money……. No money grab here, only emotions tied to “We play to win the game”

  26. bspurloc says: Dec 12, 2012 11:16 AM

    good thing he isn’t a backup QB to Brady who gets to sit on the bench for years getting paid to do nothing…
    cuz he would certainly throw a hissy fit and not show up

  27. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 12, 2012 12:42 PM

    He’s still young and has physical tools. It’s a nice opportunity to get a guy like that with a chip on his shoulder so long as you are going to play into him and give him excessive respect and appreciation. Guys like that have to be fed, so the team that offers him a shot has to be prepared to tolerate his personality and accommodate him, otherwise they are wasting their time.

    Titus Young is going to be a good player too. Somebody will treat him like a grownup and then he’ll play hard and focused for them.

  28. pigbladder says: Dec 12, 2012 2:22 PM

    mendenhall should have been active, and redman should have been inactive. of all the fumbles against cleveland, i thought redmans was the worst. he just has not stepped up and made plays. dropping that pass on a 3rd down that was an easy first down and right in his hands.

    get him going and they may get back on track, but something has to light a fire.

  29. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 12, 2012 6:02 PM

    Steelers wouldn’t have beaten the Eagles this season without Mendenhall. He carried the offense that day. In a season in which wins have been hard to come by, the masses shouldn’t be so shortsighted…
    Mendenhall is coming off reconstructive knee surgery. His career is probably over. Such is life in the National Football League.
    Mendenall should be remembered as a productive running back in Bruce Arian’s keep-Ben-happy passing offenses.

  30. Deb says: Dec 12, 2012 6:28 PM

    Is this about you doing your job or you taking personal shots at the audience?

  31. Deb says: Dec 12, 2012 6:31 PM

    To answer your question, ravenator: No, I don’t wish we’d drafted Ray Rice. Whatever mistakes he’s made since, Mendenhall had a great regular season in 2010, with a very low rate of fumbles. His contributions played a large role in getting us to the Super Bowl. Ray Rice is a great player. But he’s never helped the Ravens win an AFC Championship. So even though we lost the Super Bowl, that still makes Mendenhall more valuable than Rice.

    Mendenhall didn’t single-handedly lose the Super Bowl. His fumble was forced, and one of a series of mistakes on both offense and defense. He’s no more personally responsible for that loss than Ben or Troy. As for his ill-conceived Twitter comments … well, he was about 10 when 9/11 happened and grew up exposed to nonstop Internet conspiracy theories. No wonder he has some screwy ideas. It’s sad, but when you live in a free society, people are entitled to spread their views–whether we like them or not. His comments have nothing to do with his football abilities. If given a chance, I’m sure he could be an asset to the team again.

  32. TD Hawk says: Dec 12, 2012 6:35 PM

    Wide receivers and running backs are a dime a dozen in the NFL. Frankly I don’t know why teams bother drafting them.

    I’m not a Steelers fan but this young man is screwing his future in so many ways. Why any player would want to run afoul of a classy and CHAMPIONSHIP franchise like Pittsburgh is puzzling, maybe the Patriots can get through to him after he’s ignored by the rest of the NFL and signed by New England for the league minimum.

  33. mrp2003 says: Dec 13, 2012 7:31 AM

    trade him now along with Wallace so we can get a few more or better draft picks next year. The jets would probably give up a lot to have them and then let them become back ups.

    Better yet send them to the Raiders

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