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Rashard Mendenhall sidelined because of right knee

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Early in Saturday’s preseason game vs. San Diego, Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall showed an ability to bounce runs outside and to use his good speed to quickly pick up yardage.

However, Mendenhall was sidelined in the first half because of his right knee, and it’s questionable whether he’ll see any more work against the Chargers, according to Darren Urban of AzCardinals.com.

The degree of the injury is unknown, but Mendenhall was seen “walking around,” Urban said.

The 26-year-old Mendenhall, who joined the Cardinals in March after five seasons with the Steelers, racked up 47 yards on just six carries in the first quarter against the Chargers.

Mendenhall has dealt with tendonitis in his right knee during training camp. He suffered an ACL tear in his right knee in the 2011 regular-season finale with Pittsburgh.

Mendenhall has had some bad injury luck in his NFL career. He missed most of his rookie season of 2008 after suffering a shoulder injury. Then, after three seasons of largely good health, he tore his right ACL. In 2012, Mendenhall was limited to just six games, and he missed time with an Achilles injury.

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7 Responses to “Rashard Mendenhall sidelined because of right knee”
  1. macjacmccoy says: Aug 25, 2013 12:39 AM

    I am SHOCKED

  2. sbchampsagain says: Aug 25, 2013 12:59 AM

    From Mendenhall’s Twitter account: “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a right knee could take a running back down demolition style.”

  3. hildezero says: Aug 25, 2013 1:49 AM

    I hope he’s okay.

  4. macjacmccoy says: Aug 25, 2013 3:06 AM

    Almost as shocked as I was when I didnt see the best QB on the Philadelphia Eagles roster until the 4th quarter.

  5. theageofquarrel says: Aug 25, 2013 10:34 AM

    Hopefully Fumbleball will be ok

  6. ironcity6pak says: Aug 25, 2013 3:16 PM

    I have 2 autographed jerseys I need to part with, any buyers lol.

  7. mingo49 says: Aug 25, 2013 11:21 PM

    IronCity6Pak – laugh all you want, but he’s about as healthy as any of the Steelers RBs currently in contention for major carries.

    And when healthy, Mendy is the best of the bunch.

    Steelers should have retained him on a 1 year contract.

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