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Mendenhall has one foot out door in Pittsburgh

Suspended running back likely to remain inactive for Steelers. Terry McCormick

Print This December 13, 2012, 10:35 AM EST

Rashard Mendenhall's time may be done with the Pittsburgh Steelers after he failed to show up for Sunday's game with San Diego and has been suspended by the club for one game.

“I deem those actions a detriment to our efforts,” coach Mike Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review after Wednesday's practice. “I stated as such when I met with him, and there would be repercussions of it. We had a good visit. He accepted it.”

There appears to be the chance that Mendenhall, who lost his starting job to Jonathan Dwyer two weeks ago, could remain inactive for the Steelers final three regular season games and any postseason contests as well.

Mendenhall, who can be an unrestricted free agent, said that perhaps he doesn't fit the Steelers' mold, which he referred to as "in a certain box."

“When I first got here, I thought that I wanted play with one team,” said Mendenhall, who said a change of scenery might be best for him. “With a lot of how I‘ve been represented football-wise, I‘m closed off and to myself.

“I don‘t say a lot or do a lot, and because of that, people really don‘t know who I am. They really can‘t read me. So it‘s up to others to interpret who I am.

“People want me to act a certain way when I move around Pittsburgh. That‘s when it gets frustrating. Sometimes when people try to project the football player image on me, that‘s when it doesn‘t fit.”

With that approach, it sounds like Mendenhall may get his wish to be elsewhere once the season ends.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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