The Pittsburgh Steelers suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for conduct detrimental to the team.
Mendenhall has been inactive for the last two games after fumbling in a 20-14 loss to Cleveland on Nov. 25. He was third on the depth chart behind Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman when the team released its updated chart on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Mendenhall has struggled staying healthy over the last 11 months. He tore the ACL in his right knee in the 2011 regular-season finale and returned on Oct. 4 against Philadelphia, accounting for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 16-14 victory. Mendenhall strained his right Achilles the following week against Tennessee and never regained a firm hold on the starting job.
The Steelers replaced Mendenhall on the roster by promoting running back Baron Batch from the practice squad.
Bears sign Mare to kick
Chicago kicker Robbie Gould will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left calf, another blow to the stumbling Bears with a big NFC North showdown coming up Sunday against the Packers. The Bears placed Gould on injured reserve Tuesday and signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare to a one-year contract.
Around the league
Baltimore Ravens rookie cornerback Asa Jackson was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. … Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy returned to practice and could be active when the Philadelphia Eagles host Cincinnati on Thursday night. … The Jacksonville Jaguars placed guard Mike Brewster on injured reserve and signed running back Keith Toston. … The Green Bay Packers signed defensive tackle Jordan Miller to the active roster and released linebacker Vic So’oto. … Demarcus Dobbs’ season is over with the San Francisco 49ers after he was placed on injured reserve with a right knee problem. … Veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards was awarded to the New York Jets off waivers from Seattle. … The Dallas Cowboys released cornerback Vince Agnew and replaced him by signing Michael Coe off waivers from Miami. … The Buffalo Bills placed running back Fred Jackson on injured reserve. … The New England Patriots placed receiver Donte’ Stallworth on injured reserve with an ankle injury.