Steelers’ Rashard Mendenhall Out for Playoffs with Torn ACL


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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee and will be placed on injured reserve by the Steelers, ending his chances of playing in the postseason, according to Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The injury occurred during the Steelers’ 13-9 victory over the Cleveland Browns this past Sunday.

The 24-year-old running back sustained the injury on a 5-yard carry on the final play of the first quarter. Mendenhall walked gingerly to the sideline, where he was examined by Pittsburgh’s training staff before heading to the locker room for further tests.

Mendenhall carried eight times Sunday for 38 yards, giving him 928 yards for the season on 228 carries. He has run for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons.

He’ll most likely be replaced in the Steelers’ offense by backups Issac Redman and John Clay.