Suspended Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall Reinstated To Team On Monday

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has been reinstated to the team on Monday following his one week suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Upon his reinstatement the team asked for and received a 24 hour roster exemption which means that they now have until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday to make a corresponding roster move to make room for him.

Mendenhall was suspended last Tuesday after failing to report to Heinz Field last Sunday for the game against the San Diego Chargers after being told that he would not dress for the game. Mendenhall claimed that he didn\’t know that he was supposed to report being as he wasn\’t going to dress.

The Steelers activated Baron Batch to the 53 man roster to take the spot of Mendenhall on the roster and now they must make another move by Tuesday evening in order to meet the 53 man roster limit. The Steelers in all likelihood will put either guard Willie Colon or cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke on injured reserve on Tuesday. Colon had surgery on his knee last Monday while Van Dyke separated his shoulder in the loss Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys.

Mendenhall\’s agent said following the suspension that his client would return to the team with a good attitude. With the Steelers running game currently struggling it would not be surprising to see the former first round draft pick start against the Cincinnati Bengals after being dropped to the bottom of the depth chart following his two fumble game against the Cleveland Browns.

Mendenhall will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and despite reports that surfaced on Sunday that claimed the two sides intend to have contract talks at the end of the season, the Illinois product is not expected to be back in 2013.

  • zyzak

    If they start anyone but Mendenhall they will lose

  • alex

    after this 8-8 year it looks like Mendy and our ‘money receivers can be bought back on the cheap…

  • Garrett Hunt

    At least we’ll get a higher draft pick than we have in awhile.

  • Play Redman more! He is by far the best running back on the Steelers Roster!!

  • Steelers fans should get on board and demand that Issac Redman should be played more!

  • zyzak

    Redman can’t stay on the field more than one play without limping

  • steeltown

    Dwyer should be used between the Tackles and Mendenhall should be the swing out and screen guy

  • steeltown

    I agree, dont think Mendy will be back, but Sanders will be a Restricted FA and could be tendered or actually given an extension for a relatively low amount. The Wallace situation is alittle more complicated. He will most likely quietly reach 1,000yds and maybe even 10TD’s.. he’ll still want a big payday

  • steeltown

    Agreed. I like him as a platoon guy, but he has bad ankles and they seem to bother him often

  • steeltown

    Sad.. but yes, we’d be picking in the teens should we fail to make the playoffs. The last two times we picked that high.. we drafted Lawrence Timmons and then Pouncey a few yrs later