Torn ACL for Steelers' Mendenhall; surgery soon
Rashard Mendenhall tore his ACL during this play of the Steelers versus Browns game.
Rashard Mendenhall is examined on the sideline after an injury in the first half of the game against the Cleveland Browns.
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Rashard Mendenhall has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in his right knee and will be placed on injured reserve by the Steelers.
The 24-year-old halfback will have surgery in one or two weeks after the swelling goes down, although a source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette there is little swelling and that it appears there is no other damage in the knee.
Such injuries usually require 6-8 months of recuperation and rehabilitation before a player can return, although it can vary widely.
Rod Woodson famously had the injury in September 1995 and returned to play in the Super Bowl 4 1/2 months later.
The Steelers hope Mendenhall will be able to participate in training camp next August.
First Published January 2, 2012 4:15 pm