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Steelers vs. Ravens: Surprise Rashard Mendenhall inactive suggests he won't be back next season

A healthy Rashard Mendenhall was a surprise addition to the Steelers' inactive list.

Justin K. Aller

Here are the Steelers and Ravens' inactives for their matchup Sunday afternoon.

Steelers:

LB LaMarr Woodley
T Mike Adams
WR Jerricho Cotchery
QB Bryan Leftwich
QB Ben Roethlisberger
RB Rashard Mendenhall
CB DeMarcus Van Dyke

Ravens:

CB Jimmy Smith
CB Chris Johnson
ILB Dannell Ellerbe
G/T Ramon Harewood
WR/RS Deonte Thompson
TE Ed Dickson
DT Bryan Hall

On the Steelers side, the eye-opening name here is that of Mendenhall. The former starting running back certainly has fallen a long way. The Steelers previously announced Jonathan Dwyer, their most productive running back this season, as their starter, with Isaac Redman as their backup. Mendenhall is, by all indications, healthy, and could have played against the Ravens. That the Steelers aren't using him suggests very strongly that he isn't in their long-term plans and won't be back next season.

Mendenhall was a part of an awful eight-turnover performance by the Steelers against the Browns last week. He carried the ball four times and rushed for six yards. He had two fumbles, one of which the Steelers lost.

Willie Colon will start at left guard.

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