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Steelers lose Rashard Mendenhall to torn ACL

Rashard Mendenhall, Kaluka Maiava, Scott Paxson

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall (34) rushes on a pass reception against Cleveland Browns linebacker Kaluka Maiava (56) and defensive tackle Scott Paxson (69) in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)


The news is in on Rashard Mendenhall’s right knee injury, and it’s as bad as it could be.

Mendenhall has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports.

Obviously, Mendenhall won’t be playing for the Steelers in the playoffs, and the question with an ACL tear is whether he can even be ready for the start of next season. He may be at less than 100 percent when the 2012 regular season begins.

Mendenhall carried 228 times for 928 yards this season. He’ll be replaced in the Steelers’ offense by Isaac Redman and John Clay.