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Steelers' Rashard Mendenhall jokes about suspension in 1st interview after returning

The Steelers running back keeps finding new ways to make clear that he won't be back next season.

Justin K. Aller

Mark Kaboly of the Trib questions Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall's maturity for the way he began his first interview after being reinstated to the team following a suspension.

"What happened? What happened? Who got suspended? What?" Mendenhall said in a playful and joking manner as he cut off the first question asked of him on Wednesday.

Yikes. Mendenhall has gone from a starting running back to an afterthought this season. He was just suspended for conduct detrimental to the team -- he was inactive for the team's game against the Chargers, and in a fit of petulance, he didn't show up at all, so the Steelers suspended him for a game. As Kaboly points out, one would think that someone in Mendenhall's position would handle the situation with a bit of gravity and humility, but apparently, that's just not how he rolls.

Mendenhall rushed for at least 928 yards in each of the three seasons prior to this one, but this year he's been held to 113 yards, having lost his starting job to Jonathan Dwyer.

Just months ago, Mendenhall looked like he'd be a part of the Steelers' future, but it seems that with each passing week, he finds another way to make clear that he won't be back next season.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.