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Iron City South
05-04-2008, 11:23 AM
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Mendenhall injures hamstring as minicamp jinx strikes again
Sunday, May 04, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The minicamp jinx struck another first-round draft choice of the Steelers.

As with linebacker Lawrence Timmons last year, halfback Rashard Mendenhall came down with an injury after his first day of minicamp and did not practice yesterday.

Mendenhall has a hamstring injury, and coach Mike Tomlin believes the top rookies do have a problem with injuries in minicamps. Last year, Timmons left after one practice with a groin injury and No. 2 pick LaMarr Woodley came down with a hamstring injury in minicamp.

"It's becoming somewhat commonplace for some of these high-round draft picks for this type of situation to happen to them during minicamp weekend," Tomlin said.

Because they're in such demand by the pro scouts before the draft, it throws off their conditioning.

"The schedule that these guys are on is really not conducive to preparing them to come in to meet what waits on them at minicamp," Tomlin said. "They go to the combine, they go to their pro day, then they go on this city tour."

Mendenhall missed both practices yesterday and will miss the final minicamp practice today. Tomlin hopes he will return when the Steelers resume their spring workouts in two weeks. Timmons' injury last year caused him to miss all of the rest of the team's spring drills.

Big Ben checks out

Ben Roethlisberger also bowed out of minicamp practice, but for different reasons than Mendenhall.

He was excused after yesterday morning's practice to miss the afternoon session and the final one today.

"Ben had a prior personal issue that needed to be attended to," Tomlin said. "He was excused by me."

Clark honors Taylor

Ryan Clark wanted to switch jersey numbers this season, to wear No. 21 in honor of his murdered friend and former teammate, Sean Taylor.

The NFL said no, so Clark must stick with his No. 25 in games, but he has worn No. 21 in minicamp practices this weekend and will continue to do so throughout the 2008 season to honor Taylor.

"I tried to change my number this year, but the NFL wouldn't let me," said Clark, who overcame the loss of his spleen and gall bladder last season to return to the No. 1 spot at free safety this weekend.

"They kind of gave me the run-around about it -- if you do change a number after having it so long and there are jerseys made, you have to buy the other ones. I tried to do that, but they never really got back with me. It is a veteran rule, about having a number for so long. When you go to another team, it's a little different.

"So I'll just wear it in practice."

Clark, who joined the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent in 2006, played two seasons in Washington with Taylor. They both joined the Redskins in 2004 and became starters that season. Clark, as a free agent from the Giants, was the strong safety and Taylor, the Redskins first-round draft pick, was the free safety.

The two hit it off.

"I was a little bit older and I was the first guy he really played with," Clark said. "We became kind of close. He came to my house, met my parents. I met his fiance. Actually, his fiance and my wife are still really good friends."

Taylor was shot during a robbery in his Florida home Nov. 26, 2007, and died the next day. Clark took it hard.

"I did but his daughter's doing well, his fiance's doing well, so, how can I not be OK, you know what I mean? I just generally cared about him. To this day, I still think he was the best defensive back I ever played with, that I ever saw in person."

Clark was twice denied the opportunity to wear the No. 21. Complications from his sickle cell trait in the high altitude in Denver in October caused him to lose his spleen and end his season. A month later, all NFL players wore a No. 21 sticker on their helmets to honor Taylor.

"When everybody got the opportunity to wear the No. 21 on their helmet, I didn't," Clark said. "So it's kind of just my little tribute right now because I didn't get the opportunity."

Rookie signs

The Steelers signed another rookie wide receiver to take the spot of Purdue's Doren Bryant, who was released Friday after failing his physical Thursday.

Kevin Marion (5-10, 168) caught 44 passes for 485 yards and one touchdown in his college career at Wake Forest, including 18 for 192 yards as a senior in 2007. He was not drafted last weekend.

TEEMONT
05-04-2008, 11:27 AM
Well there you go. Good thing we already have a Pro Bowl RB on this team.

And how retarded is the Clark jersey thing? You can be a with a team forever and switch teams (Faneca) and not have to buy back jerseys. I say the NFL dropped the ball on this one, let Clark switch his jersey.

BlitzburghRockCity
05-04-2008, 11:28 AM
Well that just fan****intastic :cursin: So is it that these coaches are pushing these guys too hard in mini camps or the players are just THAT out of shape..or both. Either way it threw Timmons off for most of the year last year with his injury so Mendenhall better watch himself now and get constant treatment because we need him big time in 2008.

Hopefully he's ready to go in the next camp so he can get some work in but if not they better rest him if they aren't 100 percent sure. Mini camps are one thing but training camp is where he needs to be.

steelersgal86
05-04-2008, 11:46 AM
:cursin::cursin: Well that sure didnt take long :cursin::cursin:

SteelerDan43
05-04-2008, 12:09 PM
Im on the opposite side of the Clark story, the NFL made the right decision... If you stopped the Tillman stuff than you can't let the Taylor stuff either

Bombhunter
05-04-2008, 12:10 PM
I wouldn't worry too much...it's only May, plus it's probably just pulled or strained. I'm sure he'll be in fine shape by the time camp opens full time...:crossfingers:

Black@Gold Forever32
05-04-2008, 12:36 PM
I'm sure he will be fine.....Lets not over react here...lol Its only mini camp.....

BlitzburghRockCity
05-04-2008, 01:14 PM
I wouldn't worry too much...it's only May, plus it's probably just pulled or strained. I'm sure he'll be in fine shape by the time camp opens full time...:crossfingers:


I'm sure he will be fine.....Lets not over react here...lol Its only mini camp.....

That's what we thought last year with Timmons, that he'd have all offseason and camp to get ready :(

So far though atleast it seems like Rashard's is a minor thing and he'll be able to get back into it atleast some during this offseason. :crossfingers:

Black@Gold Forever32
05-04-2008, 01:21 PM
That's what we thought last year with Timmons, that he'd have all offseason and camp to get ready :(

So far though atleast it seems like Rashard's is a minor thing and he'll be able to get back into it atleast some during this offseason. :crossfingers:

Timmons hurt his groin.....different injury....I also heard that Rashard's was a slight tweak in the hamstring....Not one of those nastiest pulls that can linger all season....He will be fine bro....:yellowthumb:

BlitzburghRockCity
05-04-2008, 01:23 PM
I just hate seeing players you count on so much get something like a hamstring that can linger on if you aren't careful. You know how these draft picks are, they are gung ho to strut their stuff and make an impression on the coaches and teammates and then they try too hard too soon to come back. Timmons did the same thing, he was feeling better closer to camp and then tried to come back and hurt it again so let's hope the coaches learned their lesson and will keep him out till he's ready to go.

Black@Gold Forever32
05-04-2008, 01:29 PM
I just hate seeing players you count on so much get something like a hamstring that can linger on if you aren't careful. You know how these draft picks are, they are gung ho to strut their stuff and make an impression on the coaches and teammates and then they try too hard too soon to come back. Timmons did the same thing, he was feeling better closer to camp and then tried to come back and hurt it again so let's hope the coaches learned their lesson and will keep him out till he's ready to go.

Well if its just a slight tweak then I'm not going to be to worried....He has the time to rest it.....As for Timmons and his groin.....His injury seem like it was going to be one that did linger and really the coaching staff should have let Timmons rest that injury until he was fully ready.......

Silverback 92
05-04-2008, 01:30 PM
lets get those type injuries out of the way now so we can avoid them later

BlitzburghRockCity
05-04-2008, 01:33 PM
If he is out for the entire offseason it's all your fault for giving us false hope :lol:

Im just so excited to see this kid, I mean for the first time since the 90's with guys like Bam, Pegram, Foster, etc. we are really going to have the chance to see a backfield with 2 super talented guys that bring something unique to the field. Even when Bettis and Parker were together it mostly Jerome carrying the load when the team really needed tough yards with the game on the line. Now with Parker and Mendenhall we've got the makings of something really special and each player has the capability of getting the job done.

Black@Gold Forever32
05-04-2008, 01:37 PM
If he is out for the entire offseason it's all your fault for giving us false hope :lol:

Im just so excited to see this kid, I mean for the first time since the 90's with guys like Bam, Pegram, Foster, etc. we are really going to have the chance to see a backfield with 2 super talented guys that bring something unique to the field. Even when Bettis and Parker were together it mostly Jerome carrying the load when the team really needed tough yards with the game on the line. Now with Parker and Mendenhall we've got the makings of something really special and each player has the capability of getting the job done.

I'll take the blame.......:lol: I'm not worried he will be fine...lol

Yea...I hear you on Mendenhall....I'm less then an hour from the Illinois state line so I did get see Rashard play some the last few years....The kid is going to be a good one....I can't wait either and the Steelers are lucky this guy even fell them.....

Iron City South
05-04-2008, 01:54 PM
He may never play again ....











or NOT .... I just love watching how some of you overreact :stirpot:

BlitzburghNation
05-04-2008, 02:04 PM
Not worried at all,,,,,,,,,,He'll be fine,it's only may~~~~ :popcorn:

BlackGold4vr
05-04-2008, 02:30 PM
I wouldn't worry too much...it's only May, plus it's probably just pulled or strained. I'm sure he'll be in fine shape by the time camp opens full time...:crossfingers:

Common injury for athletes in all sports. If it was just a small tweak he has plenty of time to rest it and get some physical therapy for it. I believe he will be a major contributor this season. We now have a player in the backfield who can help us close games out and play a clock eating ball control game. We missed that last season and even lost a couple games because of our failures to get first downs and keep the ball away from our opponents in the fourth quarter. You know you are a good football team when the other team knows you are gonna run and they can't stop it! That is the kind of football I love! Blowing people off the line of scrimmage and getting 4-7 yards a carry into the teeth of the defense. Hopefully we will see some of that style again this season. :yesnod:

TampaSteelGirl
05-04-2008, 03:03 PM
lets get those type injuries out of the way now so we can avoid them later

I was going to say the same thing. IF if has to happen, better now then during the season. I think he'll be ok, these new guys may not be as use to this kind of conditioning and practicing maybe or just working extra hard to prove themselves. It's early yet, he'll be ok.

Koopa
05-04-2008, 04:43 PM
seriously, they need to fire the training staff, how the **** do you **** **** up like that every ****ing year, stretch before you ****ing practice, and why the **** you practicing hard in may for anyway......stupid ****s

Iron City South
05-04-2008, 04:58 PM
seriously, they need to fire the training staff, how the **** do you **** shiat up like that every ****ing year, stretch before you ****ing practice, and why the **** you practicing hard in may for anyway......stupid ****s

Exactly. You can't bring these kids in and push them over the top in the first few days .... :2cents:

Stlrs4Life
05-04-2008, 09:07 PM
What Koopa said.

Koopa
05-04-2008, 10:02 PM
also, reading the article is dumb, tomlin says these high draft pick players bodies aren't ready for real practice because of the way they have to just train for the combine and pro day, and then go on city tours....... if you know this coming in, then why wouldn't you just take it easy on them in the sense that you just get them warmed up a little these first few days and then when june rolls around for that training **** they do for a week or so they can come in and be ready for that

memphissteelergirl
05-05-2008, 11:31 AM
:cursin::cursin: Well that sure didnt take long :cursin::cursin:


Just what I was thinking...but I'm not gonna panic...he has a couple of months to rehab before TC.

yinzer
05-08-2008, 02:45 PM
figures.....

Steel58
05-08-2008, 02:58 PM
I agree with the N.F.L for not letting him switch numbers. Since he was out for the majority of last season,let him wea Taylors number on his helmet.

McNabbulous5
05-08-2008, 06:39 PM
Man this guy has no luck... First a hamstring injury and then getting robbed. It definitely has not been a good week or so for Mendenhall.

Link: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/story/606890.html