Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 12/14/12

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks on his headset during the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin suspended Rashard Mendenhall for one week after the running back failed to attend last Sunday's game at Heinz Field. Tomlin spoke about the suspension for the first time on Wednesday. "Last Sunday he was not at the game,'' Tomlin said after practice via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I deemed those actions a detriment to our efforts. I stated as such when I met with him and there were going to be repercussions of it. "We had a good visit, he accepted it. He looks forward to coming back and rejoining this team on Monday and being a positive contribution to our efforts the rest of the way. "Obviously there's frustration with his situation understandably but we all have a job to do, I require that all guys remain professional regardless of personal circumstance. He didn't meet the standard in that regard and accepted the consequences of it. So, hopefully this will be a lesson learned not only for him but for everyone and we'll be able to move on from it."
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