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Mendenhall missing games through September? | NFL Fan Poll

Mendenhall missing games through September?

Updated: August 17, 2012
Source: USA Today

Source: USA Today

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Steelers activated Rashard Mendenhall from the physically unable to perform list, but ESPN is reporting a team source does not think Mendenhall will be ready for the opening game of the regular season – and he’ll possibly miss all of the games in September.

Mendenhall tore his ACL in the season ending game against Cleveland on January 1st and though he has been removed from the list, team insiders still think he has a way to go with recovery. The team has other injuries to worry about as well, including running back Isaac Redmen, who is suffering from a hip injury that doesn’t require surgery. Regardless, the injury will keep Redmen from playing against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night’s game. Though Redmen is expected to be well enough to play in practice next week, the team is still feeling the effects of Mendenhall’s absence.

According to ESPN, Redmen says, “We’re hurting right now and we’re a better team with Rashard out here, so we’re excited to get him back.” Going into his fifth season, Mendenhall has two 1,000-yard campaigns, has rushed for 3,367 yards and 29 touchdowns. While he won’t be ready to play for a while, the team says activating him now is the first step to his recovery – and the general manager isn’t ruling out a chance that Mendenhall will play during the 2012 season at some point. The Steelers have plenty of injuries to worry about including Mike Adams, Max Starks, Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison, and players still not signed (Mike Wallace) – it doesn’t look like a great start for the team. Do you think this will have an effect on how they play this season? Give us your opinion, we want to hear it!

(via ESPN)

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