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Rashard Mendenhall Out For Rest Of Season

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is out for the rest of the season.

KDKA-TV Sports has confirmed he has a torn ligament in his knee.

Mendenhall went down in the first quarter Sunday against the Cleveland Browns without being hit.

Tests Monday confirmed the injury.

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Rashard Mendenhall Out For Rest Of Season

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is out for the rest of the season.

KDKA-TV Sports has confirmed he has a torn ligament in his knee.

Mendenhall went down in the first quarter Sunday against the Cleveland Browns without being hit.

Tests Monday confirmed the injury.

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Steelers Heading to Mile High; End Regular Season with 13-9 Win in Cleveland

Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (52) and cornerback Joe Haden, rear, tackle Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman

The Steelers are going to get a first hand look at Tim Tebow and the Broncos.

Sunday the team got a dose of bad news twice, but in the end it’s a route they have had to take before to get to the promise land of playing for another Lombardi.

The team took care of the inept Cleveland Browns 13-9 on a wet and windy day in Cleveland. That was the good news.

The bad?

The Ravens won in Cincy 24-16 after going up big early. That means at 12-4 they are the AFC North champs since they beat the Steelers twice, and they will get a week off.

Add to that the team lost running back Rashard Mendenhall with a knee injury, that Mike Tomlin said after the game is almost surly going to keep him out of the wild card game in Denver.

So the team at 12-4 will go into Denver next weekend with Issac Redmen, who did a lot good Sunday, John Clay, and possibly Mewelde Moore as the three running backs. They also will have a QB still limping around the locker room, and a LB that hasn’t played much since around Halloween.

Other than that, the Steelers are once again playoff bound.

Redman scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter for the Steelers, and ended the day with 92 yards on 19 carries. He did put the ball on the ground twice in the final quarter, but the Browns offense is so bad, they did little with the chances they had.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 221 yards on a severely sprained ankle, going 23-for-40 for 221 yards. He did hit some big throws in a driving rain and some snow.

“I hate it,” Ben laughed about weather in Northeast Ohio.

It may not be much better in Denver, where it’s been known to snow a little bit in the winter. If the weather gets bad, it could actually help the Broncos, who had just six passes completed Sunday in their home loss.

The defense was the story on Sunday in Cleveland, and it looks like if the Steelers are going to make a serious run at the Super Bowl, they will need to lean on them to get them there.

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Mendenhall reporedly out for playoffs

The Pittsburgh Steelers journey through the playoffs won't include running back Rashard Mendenhall.

A person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press that Mendenhall has a torn ACL in his right knee and is out for the entire postseason. 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 hurt the knee while being tackled late in the first quarter of Sunday's 13-9 victory over Cleveland. 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 the AFC Wild Card on Sunday.

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Steelers at Broncos to Wrap Up Wild Card Weekend

The Steelers first trip to trying to get back to the Super Bowl will be in Denver, and the game will be the late game next Sunday to wrap up Wild Card Weekend.

The NFL announced late Sunday that the Steelers and Broncos will play at 4:15pm Sunday afternoon. The game will be the finale of the weekend, and will be broadcast nationally on CBS.

Denver will enter the postseason in a deep funk. Since jumping to a 16-7 first-half lead over the Patriots three weeks back, the Broncos have been outscored 73-24.

They will enter the game vs the Steelers losing three in a row, including the regular season finale Sunday in Denver, losing to the Chiefs 7-3.

The Steelers beat the Broncos in Denver on Monday night football in 2009 in week 8, winning rather easily 28-10. They also won in the postseason in Denver in 2005, beating Denver 34-17 to claim the AFC Title.

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Steelers Report Card: Game 16 vs. Browns

Gerry Dulac grades the Steelers' effort Sunday in their victory against Cleveland

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fire Head Coach Raheem Morris after Two Seasons

The Buccaneers have announced the firing of head coach Raheem Morris at the end of his second season with the team.

Morris led the Bucs to a surprising 10-6 record last season, before imploding over the team's next 16 games.

He was the team's defensive coordinator as well, and oversaw a unit that ranked last in the NFL for scoring defense at 30.9 points a game. That's nearly three points lower than the second-to-last team, Minnesota.

After a strong rookie season, expectations were high for QB Josh Freeman. He fell apart in his sophomore year, throwing 22 interceptions to just 16 touchdowns, and was 26th in the NFL with a passer rating of 74.1.

The Bucs were six games worse in 2011 than they were in 2010.

ESPN reported veteran coach Jeff Fisher was seen at the Buccaneers' hotel Saturday. While his son plays for Auburn, who was in town for a bowl game, it could simply be a coincidence. It's food for thought though, considering Morris was hired at a very low salary for an NFL coach because former coach Jon Gruden was still on their books for $ 5 million. With Gruden's contract now expired, and Morris's contract not being worth much, relatively, they would have the money available to make a run at Fisher.



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Players Sound – Post Game – vs. Browns

Steelers players react after the win over the Cleveland Browns.

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Steelers 2012 Schedule Will Include AFC West, NFC East, But Will It Include Europe?

The Steelers' second-place finish in the AFC North locks in their opponents for the 2012 season.

The schedule, as released, should provide plenty of speculation around the rumor Pittsburgh will play a game in either London or Dublin in 2012.

With Dallas on their schedule, the NFL would drool over the idea of sending its two most popular teams (per a 2011 Harris Poll) to either capture a new market like Dublin (Steelers Chairman Emeritus Dan Rooney is the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland), or continue increasing their presence in London, where the International Series has held its yearly game the last five years.

In 2005, Arizona played San Francisco in Mexico City. An IS game was not held in 2006, and it shifted to London in 2007, when the Dolphins played the Giants (Miami was the home team). In 2008, the Chargers took on the Saints. The Patriots played Tampa Bay in 2009, and San Francisco defeated Denver in 2010. Chicago played Tampa Bay in 2011, giving the Buccaneers two IS games in its history. Buccaneers owner Malcolm Gladwell also owns Manchester United, a soccer club in England.

The issue is, no team will want to give up one of their coveted home games to play overseas. Dallas, with its new stadium, seems the least likely on the schedule to willingly give up a home game. At the very least, the team that's "hosted" each game has had something of an ulterior motive. Tampa Bay with its owner's ties to the area, and sagging ticket sales (and stadium maintenance) in San Diego and San Francisco could be whispered as reasons those teams elected to host a game in London.

At the same time, if the NFL is truly interested in making its brand more marketable overseas, it needs to send its big guns, so to speak. The marketing power of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys, combined with Rooney's connection to Dublin, make it an extremely appealing option for the league. Clearly, the Steelers and Cowboys carry a bit of weight and won't just be forced to play an overseas game, but one has to figure the league will involve two of its most popular teams playing at the same time eventually.

Another option would be to host a game in London and a game in Dublin. It wouldn't be out-of-reach to suggest the Chargers host the Steelers in one of those two cities.

It wouldn't be at all surprising to hear today or tomorrow former Steelers coach Bill Cowher named as the new head coach and general manager of the San Diego Chargers. That would make that game very attractive to TV audiences.

Along with the standard home-and-home series with the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers will face the AFC West and the NFC East in 2012. At home, they will face the Denver Broncos (who they will play in the 2011 Wild Card Playoffs), the Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Jets, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins.

On the road, they will face the Oakland Raiders, the San Diego Chargers, the Tennessee Titans, the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.

The order in which they play these teams won't be determined until after the start of the league's 2012 season, which is in the spring. The Steelers' second place finish in the AFC North earned them a "second place schedule," which means they play the second place finishing teams from the two AFC divisions they are not scheduled to play in 2012. In this case, it's the AFC South (Tennessee) and the AFC East (the Jets).

The inclusion of two West Coast games (Oakland and San Diego) is probably the most detrimental aspect of this schedule. teams travel from the Eastern Time Zone to the Pacific Time Zone (and vice versa) do not typically fare well. It's also tough on teams playing these games in a prime time slot. Pittsburgh played at San Francisco on Monday Night in 2011, only to return to Pittsburgh to face St. Louis on Saturday in Week 16.



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Kovacevic: Steelers must spread successes

For all the dull shrugs these 2011 Steelers have earned with most of their 12 wins, for all the doubts they take into the playoffs, they did win again.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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