Friday, October 12, 2012
Rashard Mendenhall injury minor
ESPN.com news services
The Achilles injury Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall suffered in Thursday night's loss to the Tennessee Titans is minor, a person who has spoken to the player told NFL.com on Friday.
Mendenhall tore his ACL in the final game of the 2011 season but returned to action in Week 5, collecting 101 totals yards and a touchdown in a 16-14 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles.
But less than a week later, he was held to 6 yards on six carries before his Achilles tightened up against the Titans.
According to NFL.com, the Steelers will wait to see how Mendenhall's Achilles feels this weekend before determining his status for the team's Week 7 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Mendenhall's injury was one of several for Pittsburgh in the 26-23 loss to Tennessee.
Injured stars Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley were inactive. They were joined on the sideline by running back Isaac Redman (ankle), center Maurkice Pouncey (leg) and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), all of whom limped gingerly off the field on a night the Steelers exhausted all seven of their offensive linemen and had third-string running back Baron Batch playing in crunch time for the first time in his career.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.