The journey to the Super Bowl for the Black and Gold will have to be without running back Rashard Mendenhall, who as expected has a torn ACL.
A person familiar with the injury told the Associated Press that Mendenhall has a torn ligament in his right knee and is out for the rest of the season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not made an official announcement about Mendenhall’s status.
The severity of the injury was first reported by ESPN.com and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Mendenhall injured the knee while being tackled late in the first quarter of 13-9 victory over Cleveland on Sunday. He did not return and Coach Mike Tomlin said after the game the injury was “not good.” Mendenhall will have surgery before the end of January.
Second-year back Isaac Redman and rookie John Clay will fill in when the Steelers face Denver in an AFC wild-card game Sunday.
It’s a blow for the Steelers, but what else is new, as they have had to battle injuries all season, and now you can add Mendenhall to that list as well.