Steelers suspend running back Rashard Mendenhall

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ up-and-down 2012 season has hit another speed bump. It was announced Tuesday that the Steelers suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for the game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Mendenhall is being suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. Mendenhall has been inactive for the last two games, ever since he fumbled in a 20-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Mendenhall has had trouble staying healthy during his time in Pittsburgh, especially the last 11 months. The 25-year-old tore the ACL in his right knee in the 2011 regular-season finale. He returned Oct. 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles, gaining 101 yards and scoring a touchdown. A week later Mendenhall strained his right Achilles and lost his starting job.

The former first round pick is scheduled to hit free agency  after the 2012 season and the writing appears to be on the wall that Mendenhall will not be back in a Steelers uniform.

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