NFL Rumors: Best Backup Plans for Pittsburgh Steelers without Rashard Mendenhall

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NFL Rumors: Best Backup Plans for Pittsburgh Steelers without Rashard Mendenhall
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The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Pittsburgh Steelers general manager, Kevin Colbert, is currently unsure on the timetable of running back Rashard Mendenhall's return.

Colbert was quoted saying“I never feel good about an ACL until (about) a year, "I'm not a doctor, but that's my mindset. If he gets back before that … it's a bonus.”

Rashard Mendenhall suffered a season-ending tear in his ACL in the Steelers' regular-season finale on Jan. 1st, 2012.  If Colbert is right, that would push Mendenhall's return to Jan. 1st, 2013, which would be too late for the Pittsburgh Steelers and would undoubtedly place Mendenhall on the physically unable to perform list.

If Mendenhall isn't able to return for the 2012 NFL season, the Steelers could be in trouble.  It's time for the Steelers to start thinking about a backup plan in case Mendenhall can't return.

Ahead is a list of five possible backup plans for the Pittsburgh Steelers, if they do indeed have to face their 2012 schedule without their Pro Bowl running back.  Enjoy.  

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