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Mendenhall out with torn ACL

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Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall tore his right ACL in the team's win over the Browns yesterday and will be out for the remainder of the playoffs. It's possible Mendenhall will return for the start of training camp in July.

Mendenhall hurt the knee on a 5-yard rush on the last play of the first quarter of the Steelers 13-9 win over Cleveland on Sunday. He went down without contact and limped to the Pittsburgh sideline before heading to the locker room.

"It's not good, of course, when a guy goes down in open grass and is not touched by anyone," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game. "Experience tells me that, in general, that's not good... You should anticipate that he won't be participating next week."

After the game, Mendenhall left the stadium on crutches.

The 24-year-old halfback was off to a productive start against Cleveland, with 38 yards on eight carries before the injury. He finished the season with 928 yards after topping the 1,000-yard plateau the past two years. The fourth-year veteran from Illinois passed Walter Abercrombie for ninth place on the Steelers' career rushing list.

He was replaced Sunday by Isaac Redman, who rushed for 92 yards but had two potentially costly fumbles in the fourth quarter.

Redman is expected to start in Denver, leaving rookie John Clay as the only healthy running back off the bench. The team is hopeful that veteran Mewelde Moore will be able to return from an MCL sprain that has forced him to miss the past few games.

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