(NEW YORK) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.
According the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the 25-year-old Mendenhall did not show up for last Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers after his coaches told him he would not be active for the game. Steelers’ players that are deemed inactive usually are on the sideline for game days unless an injury prevents them from being there.
Mendenhall has led Pittsburgh in rushing yards the previous three seasons, but this season he has been hampered with injuries. He tore his ACL in Week 17 last season and didn’t return until Week 5 this season. Just four days after his return he strained his Achilles in a loss versus the Tennessee Titans. He returned to the field Nov. 18 against the Baltimore Ravens, but has been inactive the past two games after fumbling twice against the Cleveland Browns.
The Steelers currently hold the six seed in the AFC. They take on the Cowboys Sunday in Dallas.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN