Rashard Mendenhall & Casey Hampton Removed From PUP List On Friday

Some fantastic news on the final day of training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers as Bob Labriola is reporting via Twitter that both running back Rashard Mendenhall and nose tackle Casey Hampton have been removed from the Active PUP list.

Mendenhall tore the ACL in his right knee in the Steelers regular season finale last year against the Cleveland Browns, while Hampton tore up his knee in the Steelers Wild Card game loss to the Denver Broncos.

While the return of Hampton is not so surprising, getting Mendenhall back this soon is. It was believed that he would start the season on the Active PUP list, which would have meant he would have missed the first 6 weeks of the season at a minimum.

Due to the new CBA rules, both players will not be able to start practicing until next week, but it appears that both might be able to suit up for action for at least the final preseason game, if not the one next week against the Buffalo Bills.

Once removed from the PUP list, players are no longer eligible for the regular season PUP list, so the moves being made this early speaks volumes about where the training staff believes both are from a health standpoint.

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  • Ahmad

    This really is a big surprise to me. I thought for sure Mendy would spend the the first 6 weeks on the PUP list. Do you think this has anything to do with the depth at RB right now Dave?

  • Koleman Dudek

    This is great news, I’m pumped they have recovered this quickly.. Dave, what does this do to your 53 man roster to start the season?

  • WilliamSekinger

    I figured Big Snack would be ready, but the news about Mendy being removed is very surprising. I would caution that it doesn’t mean he is ready to play however.
    It could be the Steelers believe he’ll be ready to contribute prior to the 6th week and removed him for that reason alone.

  • Koleman Dudek

    Agreed, but keeping him on the PUP if not ready leaves a roster spot open on the 53, taking him off now eliminates that option.

  • SteelSpine

    Activating Hampton might also indicate maybe Taamu didnt impress. We had no backup NT unless Taamu reported in great shape & progressed ahead-of-schedule learning NFL. I dont doubt Hampton’s progress recovering was the main factor, & odds-are Taamu will be on-schedule to plaly NT next year, but didnt hear anything positive about Taamu to indicate he could step in if NT McClendon gets injured.