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Injury threatens Mendenhall's 2012 season

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08:07 AM ET 02.14 | Another wrinkle for the drama unfolding in Pittsburgh is the health of Rashard Mendenhall, whose 2011 season came to a premature end with a torn ACL. A right knee injury sustained by the Steelers' running back may also sideline him for all of 2012. General manager Kevin Colbert said Monday that Mendenhall is likely to open next season on the physically unable to perform list, as he works his way back from an injury that can be devastating for running backs. "I never feel good about an ACL until (after) a year," Colbert said. "I'm not a doctor, but that's just my mindset. If he gets back before that, it's a bonus." Colbert's math when it comes to ACL injuries wouldn't bode well for Mendenhall suiting up next season since he went down Jan. 1.

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February 14, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Lots of possibilities in free agency.

February 14, 2012  08:11 AM ET

Colbert isn't a doctor, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

February 14, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Healthy running backs and pittsburgh, just don't go together.

February 14, 2012  08:30 AM ET

Let's see. New, combative offensive coordinator with something to prove. Unhappy quarterback. Beat up offensive line. And now their top running back possibly out for part if not all of the season. Sounds like the Steelers are ripe to win the AFC next year. If there's one team that turns adversity into wins, it's Pittsburgh. Right now, I like their chances.

February 14, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Rashard Mendenhall wasn't happy with the celebrations over the death of Osama bin Laden. He should not expect any pity from me.

February 14, 2012  08:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Rashard Mendenhall wasn't happy with the celebrations over the death of Osama bin Laden. He should not expect any pity from me.

Agreed.

February 14, 2012  08:41 AM ET

I always felt that RM was a case of unfulfilled potential....he has displayed occasional flashes of the dominant RB he could be, but 95% of the time, he's nothing special... Issac Redman runs with much more purpose and is much more effective in the red zone. Unfortunately, it looks like Mendenhall's career might be over before it really began....

February 14, 2012  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Rashard Mendenhall wasn't happy with the celebrations over the death of Osama bin Laden. He should not expect any pity from me.

I wasn't happy about it either. It would been much better to have him in a world wide televised trial telling us the truth about everything that happened and everyone who was involved. Then they could have done whatever they wanted to him

February 14, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Redman, Moore, Clay, they will be ok at running back

February 14, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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Redman, Moore, Clay, they will be ok at running back

Moore is probably history, be interesting to see if Jonathon Dwyer comes back strong. He looked pretty good before he got injured alst year

February 14, 2012  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Rashard Mendenhall wasn't happy with the celebrations over the death of Osama bin Laden. He should not expect any pity from me.

preach it mon!!! He's a db not for his opinion, but for expressing his opinion publicly. It's America and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but keep it to yourself mr. pro athlete what a db ;]

February 14, 2012  09:40 AM ET

And running backs are found in rounds 3-8 that get the job done for a short time.
Arguably the easiest position for a rookie to start and be reasonably successful.

February 14, 2012  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Rashard Mendenhall wasn't happy with the celebrations over the death of Osama bin Laden. He should not expect any pity from me.

Really?? Sigh...smh at some of you....its HIS opinion...so what?? A lot of "fans" act like those reality tv show addicts, caring about what your fave athletes say or do. As long as he can play, thats all I care about, the guy can say or think what he feels, has NO bearing on what I think or feel....and NO, you shouldnt celebrate anyone's death, regardless of who it was. America is supposed to be a Christian nation right??

February 14, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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America is supposed to be a Christian nation right??

Don't tell the President that. Religious freedom ain't what it used to be.

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February 14, 2012  10:38 AM ET

Kevin Colbert sounds like he could be Steven Colberts brother. Kevin is a GM who thinks he is a doctor, Steven is a comedian who thinks he is ..............?

February 14, 2012  11:09 AM ET

I'm predicting the Steelers draft a running back.

February 14, 2012  11:18 AM ET
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I wasn't happy about it either. It would been much better to have him in a world wide televised trial telling us the truth about everything that happened and everyone who was involved. Then they could have done whatever they wanted to him

REALLY......what about those people in the towers and on the planes that he masacured?The S.O.B. got what he deserved, why bring him to trial and let him tell his storey and make Americans relive that terrible day,wouldn't be worth it. And Mendenhal is a scum-bag piece of crap if he feels we didn't do the right thing.

Bin Laden wanted to speak to God....The Navy Seals made the arraingments

 
February 14, 2012  11:20 AM ET

Wonder is AP will be ready for the fall with the Vikes?

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