Mike Tomlin Says Rashard Mendenhall Knee Injury Not Good – Likely Torn ACL

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in his post game press conference following the 13-9 win over the Cleveland Browns that the knee injury suffered by running back Rashard Mendenhall in the first half is likely not good. Tomlin said Mendenhall will have the knee further examined, but being as it was a non-contact injury, Tomlin insinuated that it could be serious and thus be a season ending injury as it could be an ACL tear.

With Mendenhall sidelined, the load in the running game will now likely shift to Isaac Redman and rookie John Clay next week against the Denver Broncos in the AFC wild card game in Denver. Tomlin did say there is a chance that Mewelde Moore could be back next week as well. Moore suffered a sprained knee MCL a few weeks agao against the San Francisco 49ers.

  • gdeuce

    I think something was torn. If we’re only down to two RB’s for the playoffs, then we need to sign a free agent

  • NW86


    Agreed Graham. I’m not sure exactly how that works in the playoffs when you’re already up against the salary cap though. Also, I’d bet that Mewelde will play if there is any possible way. If they think he can play, theres no sense signing anyone.

    Normally I’d say I was perfectly comforable with Isaac taking over the load, but I’m not sure I’m comfortable with him doing that in a playoff game, especially if he’s got some lingering doubts in his head from the two fumbles today.