Rashard Mendenhall reinstated by Steelers

AP

After being suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team, the Pittsburgh Steelers have reinstated running back Rashard Mendenhall to their roster.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers will have a roster exemption for Mendenhall until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. When that expires, the Steelers will have to make room for him on their 53-man roster or possibly make a different decision altogether.

It definitely appears as though the former first-round draft pick’s time in Pittsburgh is coming to an end. The Steelers may elect to expedite that process and part ways with Mendenhall instead of activating him to the roster. He had already been relegated to third-string running back before the suspension.

Mendenhall has started and played in just four games for the Steelers this season. He has just 34 carries for 113 yards and no touchdowns on the ground. He also has seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdowns.

The Steelers signed running back Baron Batch to take Mendenhall’s place on the roster for last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.