The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly acknowledging the possibility that running back Rashard Mendenhall may have played his last game with the team. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the team doubts Mendenhall will be able to play in 2012, the final year of his contract.
Mendenhall tore his right ACL in the regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns on January 1. The team is not counting on their starting running back being recovered enough to contribute at a reasonable level this year.
Isaac Redman would be Pittsburgh's primary replacement for Mendall. Behind Redman, the Steelers have Baron Batch, John Clay and Jonathan Dwyer. Free agent Mewelde Moore is not expected to be re-signed. They could also look to add a running back in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Mendenhall finished the season with 928 yards on 228 carries with nine touchdowns.