Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/4/12

Rashard Mendenhall’s steady 2011 season ended ingloriously on a 5-yard scamper toward the right sideline in a Week 17 finale matchup against the Cleveland Browns. His right knee popped as he tried to cut back across the middle and down he went in a heap of pain and agony.

At that point, less than one quarter into the last game of the regular season, he’d rushed for 928 yards, 9 touchdowns, a 4.1 yards-per-carry average, and had also hauled in 18 receptions for 154 yards. Solid numbers for a feature back. Dependable numbers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team known for their bruising running backs.

But it was Mendenhall’s knee that was bruised, inflamed, in pain.… Read more

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