If the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to do some damage in the postseason, it will be without running back Rashard Mendenhall and safety Ryan Clark.
Mendenhall tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Pittsburgh’s 13-9 win over the Cleveland Browns. The injury is going to require surgery. Mendenhall ran for 928 yards on 228 carries for nine touchdowns and also added 154 receiving yards. With the loss of Mendenhall, the Steelers will now have to rely on backup Isaac Redman, who ran for 92 yards against the Browns, but also had two fumbles.
The Steelers will also go into Denver Sunday for the AFC Wildcard matchup without the services of Ryan Clark, but it looks like it will be for one game only. Clark has a sickle-cell trait that is aggravated when playing in high elevations, so playing in Denver becomes significantly awkward.
Also, on the quarterback side of things, Ben Roethlisberger will be playing with an ankle injury.