Steelers suspend Rashard Mendenhall one game for conduct detrimental to the team

Jared Wickerham

Without elaboration, the Steelers announced their 2008 first round pick Rashard Mendenhall has been suspended for a game for failing to show up to Heinz Field for their Week 14 game against San Diego.

If Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall was looking to stay with the Steelers after this season - the last on his rookie contract - he may want to alter those plans.

Mendenhall failed to show up at Heinz Field for the Steelers' Week 14 loss to San Diego Sunday, and for that, he's been suspended for one game.

Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette tweeted Mendenhall was told on Wednesday of last week he would not be dressing for the game, so Mendenhall did not show up at all.

RB Baron Batch has been signed from the practice squad to fill his roster spot.

Considering Mendenhall hadn't dressed the last two games, and will now serve a team-imposed suspension, it seems there is a possibility this won't be the last roster move the team will make in regards to their former first round pick.

If he's unable to accept his role as it stands with the team now, what's a one-game suspension going to help?

Under the collective bargaining agreement, teams have the right to suspend a player for up to four games for conduct detrimental to the team.

The San Francisco 49ers suspended RB Brandon Jacobs for the remainder of the season - three games - for detrimental conduct after the disgruntled player openly questioned if he was even on the team.

Mendenhall's situation appears to be very similar to that; neither should be expected back with the teams they played for in 2012.


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