Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on Wednesday that suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall told head coach Mike Tomlin that he did not show up at Heinz Field on Sunday for the game after being told he would not play because he thought that he didn\’t have to.
Mendenhall was one of the 7 game inactives for a second week in a row and his failure to show up on Sunday resulted in him being suspended for one game without pay for conduct detrimental to the team.
Mendenhall has been around the league long enough to know the protocol of inactive, non-injured players, so that excuse really does not hold water. He was frustrated and defiant.
The agent of the former first round draft pick said on Tuesday that his client would return to the team on Monday with a better attitude. We shall see.