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Steelers replace Mendenhall on roster with cornerback Anthony Madison

Rashard Mendenhall

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall (34) rushes past St. Louis Rams cornerback Josh Gordy (38) in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)


The Steelers enter the postseason with a season-ending knee injury to their top tailback, Rashard Mendenhall.

On Tuesday, the Steelers placed Mendenhall on injured reserve. His roster spot was filled not by another running back, but by a veteran cornerback.

Anthony Madison provides depth for a secondary that will be without one of its primary safeties in Denver, Ryan Clark. More than four years after losing his spleen, his gall bladder, and 30 pounds due to a blood reaction at altitude from a sickle-cell trait, Clark will not be playing when the Steelers return to Colorado for only the second time since then.

The Steelers currently have three running backs on the 53-man roster: Isaac Redman, Mewelde Moore, and John Clay. That’s as many running backs as the Steelers have on injured reserve.