Found May 23, 2012 on Bleed Black & Gold:
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Scott Brown is reporting that Rashard Mendenhall has not ruled out playing week 1 of the regular season for the Steelers.  Mendenhall went down in the last week of the season versus Cleveland.  Week 1 would be a nine month recovery.  That would be good for someone like Casey Hampton who does not have to move laterally.  For Mendenhall though that quick of a recovery would be out of this world.

The stress that is put on his knees by making cuts will be a lot to bear.  It normally takes a full year to recover to 100% from an ACL.  It normally takes two years before you are yourself again.  If Mendenhall is ready to go week one I would not expect it to be the Mendenhall that you are used to seeing.  Having him on the field though could be a big lift.

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