When Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin demoted running back Rashard Mendenhall to third-string following a fumble in a loss to Cleveland last month, Tomlin stressed Mendenhall would have a chance to redeem himself.
Not this week.
The Steelers suspended the mercurial Mendenhall for their game Sunday at Dallas for conduct detrimental to the team. Pittsburgh promoted running back Baron Batch from the practice squad to take Mendenhall's place.
The suspension is the latest in a series of setbacks for the 25-year-old Mendenhall. He emerged as Pittsburgh's starter in 2009 and topped 1,000 yards in 2009 and 2010. He nearly reached the milestone again last winter but tore the ACL in his right knee in the regular- season finale against Cleveland.
Cowboys: Jason Garrett gave his team a day off after his players somehow pulled off a dramatic win in Cincinnati while reeling from a one-car accident that killed one teammate and landed another in jail. Many players showed up at team headquarters anyway and there was Josh Brent, the hulking defensive tackle who missed the trip after police say he was driving drunk and caused the wreck that killed practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown, his close friend and roommate.
And Brent was back with his teammates again Tuesday for a private memorial honoring Brown. Players and team officials left without talking to reporters after the hour-long service on a chilly afternoon at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, but Garrett had made it clear that Brent was still a part of the Cowboys family.
Bears: Kicker Robbie Gould will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left calf. The Bears placed Gould on injured reserve and signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare to a one-year contract.
Eagles: LeSean McCoy expects to step right into his starting role. Michael Vick has no choice but to stand on the sideline. Vick and McCoy returned to practice after missing several weeks with concussions, and both players could be active when the Eagles host Cincinnati on Thursday.
Jets: Veteran wide receiver Braylon Edwards was awarded to New York off waivers from Seattle.