Steelers Suspend RB Rashard Mendenhall For One Game For Conduct Detrimental To The Team

The Pittsburgh Steelers have suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for one game for conduct detrimental to the team according to Baron Batch has been promoted from the practice squad to replace him on the 53 man roster.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Mendenhall was suspended because he failed to show up at Heinz Field for the game against the San Diego Chargers after being told he would not dress for the game.

Mendenhall has been inactive for the last two games after being demoted following his two fumbles in the loss to the Cleveland Browns. He has played in just four games this season after missing the first three games of the year as he finished up his recovery from his right knee injury suffered in the final regular season game last year against the Browns. The Steelers former first round draft pick also missed four additional games with an Achilles injury suffered in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans.

Mendenhall, who has just 113 yards rushing on 34 carries in his limited action this season, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and the writing has been on the wall for several weeks that this will be his final season in Pittsburgh.

Batch spent the first 10 games of this season on the 53 man roster before being waived and signed to the practice squad.

  • zyzak

    Steelers RB situation is tenuous at best. Where does NE find their backs?

  • If there was any doubt he was gone after this year, it’s gone now,

  • awlcohen

    Tomlin scapegoating the players. This is getting bad.

  • Tom

    Pretty dumb move by a guy heading into Free Agency.

  • Garrett Hunt

    Dumb move, but I can understand why he is frustrated. I think he should be getting more carries than he has to this point. I don’t see any of the backs being a clear upgrade over him. In the one full game Mendenhall played, I thought he looked more explosive than any of our backs this year.

  • TJimmy

    He has been suspended before for attitude problems. Seems to be the main problem with this otherwise athletically gifted rb

  • zyzak

    Steelers will not be in the playoffs, too much turmoil

  • Fu-Schnickens

    What in the heck are you talking about? They’ve got more viable RB’s on their roster than in the past decade at least. The fact that the o-line is terrible is not helping them. I would contend that Mendy is one of the worst of the lot in that he’s a damn headcase. He’s afraid of contact, slow to reach the hole, and struggles to sift through traffic once he does make it through.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    They’ll be in the playoffs only because the Ravens are a mess and the Steelers’ remaining games aren’t too tough (especially with Dez Bryant likely out for the Boys). Cleveland is getting better….but….and the Bengals are the Bungles.

  • zyzak

    They have no proven RBs on the team dream on

  • zyzak

    They will lose all three

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Are you saying its a dumb move that he didn’t show up to support his teammates or a dumb move that he is was suspended by the team?

  • Reader783

    Glad we trust our team.

  • Garrett Hunt

    Dumb move not showing up, I agree with the suspension

  • Garrett Hunt

    I don’t know, his attitude in general seems pretty positive other than a few mishaps. I think it has most to do with him not trusting our patchwork offensive line most of his career. I hate to say it, but maybe a fresh start on a new team is what he needs. I’m a fan of his, so I would like to see him do well somewhere just preferably in Pittsburgh

  • Reader783

    And NE does?

  • Reader783

    Agree with this 100%. I think he really got the short end of the stick. I mean he had a bad game and that gets him benched behind two unproven backs (don’t get me wrong, I love Dwyer). Mendy has the right to feel disrespected, but dumb move just not showing up. Don’t know what he thought he would prove to anyone.

  • You think Mendenhall’s presence changes that at all? He has fumbled on nearly 10% of his carries this year. Mendenhall does not fit the offense.

  • James

    Yeah, I thought he played well in the Philly game and rejuvenated the running game which up unto that point had been struggling behind a poor o-line. Then he obviously struggled to stay healthy and had the 2 fumbles against the browns (where nobody could hold onto the rock)

    When healthy he is the most talented running back on the team but is always prone to a fumble. Would have liked to have seen him and Dwyer split the load for the rest of the year but doubtful he will play for us again and he won’t get big money in free agency.

    Dumb move on his part though, not turning up to the game especially as Tomlin is looking for scapegoats.

  • steeltown

    Wow.. did not see this coming.. while I agree with the suspension, I am not surprised that he is upset. He worked his tail off to get back on the field this last year, yes, he injured his achilles and had some fumbles in limited time, but he definitely did not get an opportunity to prove or redeem himself… regardless, you gotta show up to work!

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Define “proven”….if you mean pre-emininent RB then, yes, I would agree. If you mean that, all things being equal (like the o-line), they aren’t effective enough to get the job done then I completely disagree, and I would question whether we are watching the same games.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Here we go Steelers, huh?

  • Matt

    Mendenhall is the best he have and he rushed himself back. He should have sat the 1st half and over-did his rehab so that he could come back looking like a #1st round pick. Unfortunately, he will likely be gone at seasons end and if we dont use one of our top picks on a back we’ll be in trouble, again. Oh yah and dontforget we have to find a way to find anyone who can even begin to take Troy’s place in the D backfield. We have A LOT to do.