Steelers suspend running back Rashard Mendenhall for one game

Wednesday December 12th, 2012

The Pittsburgh Steelers have suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for one game for "conduct detrimental to the team," the team announced.

Despite being healthy, Mendenhall was listed as inactive for the second straight week on Sunday, and is being disciplined for not reporting to Heinz Field after hearing the news, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.

After leading the team in rushing each of the last three seasons, Mendenhall has received just 34 carries in four games since returning from a torn ACL. He also missed time this season with an Achilles injury.

Third-year back Jonathan Dwyer currently leads the team with 510 yards and 4.2 yards per carry. Mendenhall, a 2008 first-round pick, has gained 3.3 YPC and fumbled three times. The Steelers' 34-24 loss to the Chargers dropped Pittsburgh into a tie with the division rival Bengals for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. The team replaced Mendenhall by promoting running back Baron Batch from the practice squad.

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