Steelers coach Mike Tomlin spoke for the first time Wednesday about his suspension of halfback Rashard Mendenhall for one week. Mendenhall did not attend last Sunday's game at Heinz Field after his coaches informed him he would not be active for the game.
"Last Sunday he was not at the game,'' Tomlin said after practice. "I deemed those actions a detriment to our efforts. I stated as such when I met with him and there were going to be repercussions of it.
"We had a good visit, he accepted it. He looks forward to coming back and rejoining this team on Monday and being a positive contribution to our efforts the rest of the way.
"Obviously there's frustration with his situation understandably but we all have a job to do, I require that all guys remain professional regardless of personal circumstance. He didn't meet the standard in that regard and accepted the consequences of it. So, hopefully this will be a lesson learned not only for him but for everyone and we'll be able to move on from it."
First Published December 12, 2012 10:00 PM