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Steelers OTAs: Rashard Mendenhall Says Playing Week 1 Is Possibility

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing to be without starting running back Rashard Mendenhall, who is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered against the Cleveland Browns on January 1.

However, Mendenhall is optimistic that he will be recovered enough to play in the 2012 season, and if everything goes right, he could be ready by Week 1.

That might be a bit ambitious. If Mendenhall is unable to go early in the 2012 NFL season, other running backs like Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer will be expected to help carry the load before Mendenhall returns.

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