Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 12/12/12

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 29: Running back Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball in the secong quarter during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field on August 29, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus)

The Pittsburgh Steelers suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for the week, including Sunday's game in Dallas for what the team said was "conduct detrimental to the team." The reason for the suspension, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, is Mendenhall did not show up for the Steelers game against the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field.  Even though Mendenhall is inactive and cannot play in the game, players usually still join the team on the sideline.   "What's happened, happened," Mendenhall's agent Mike McCartney told the Post-Gazette. "When I spoke to Rashard, I know he is very excited next Monday to rejoin his teammates. He's going to come back with great energy to do everything he can to help the Pittsburgh Steelers win football games." The suspension will cost Mendenhall $41,176.47, a week worth of his $700,000 annual salary. The 25-year-old Mendenhall will become a free agent at the end of the season.

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