Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/12/12

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 18: Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the football against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on October 18, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Browns 27-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
It has been a bumpy year for Pittsburgh Steelers' running back Rashard Mendenhall.Mendenhall, 25, is a fourth-year player who the Steelers drafted in 2008 with the 23rd overall pick.Injuries, and wrongful tweets are nothing new to the player, however being suspended by the Pittsburgh Steelers organization is.Starting off the year with an ACL tear, Rashard missed the first four weeks of the season.He returned in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles showing some promise. Mendenhall rushed for 68 yards on 13 carries and hauled in three receptions for 33 yards. Things got difficult again when he only rushed for six yards against the Tennessee Titans before suffering an Achilles injury that would sideline him for four more games.Posting mediocre numbers against the Baltimore Ravens, and then fumbling twice against the Cleveland Browns left him at the bottom of the depth chart. It started to seem that head coach Mike Tomlin had finally had enough. He put Rashard Mendenhall third on the ...
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