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Rashard Mendenhall Retires from the NFL 

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall announced that he is retiring from the NFL at 26-years-old.

Mendenhall made the announcement in his most recent blog for The Huffington Post, saying he was tired of living a "private life in the public eye" as an NFL player after just six seasons in the league.

"I just kind of wanted to disappear," Mendenhall said. "The fact that I was done playing would've been clear once some time had passed, and I hadn't signed back with the Cardinals or any other team. Maybe people would've thought I couldn't get another job. Either way, I was okay with the idea of fading to black, and my legacy becoming, 'What ever happened to that dude Rashard Mendenhall? He was pretty good for a few years, then he just vanished.' "

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Mendenhall with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 draft out of the University of Illinois.  He spent five seasons in Pittsburgh, helping them win Super Bowl XLIII.  He played for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 and will finish his career with 4,236 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns.

Mendenhall would have become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday afternoon.

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Steelers Suspend Mendenhall for One Game

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

According the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the 25-year-old Mendenhall did not show up for last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers after his coaches told him he would not be active for the game. Steelers' players that are deemed inactive usually are on the sideline for game days unless an injury prevents them from being there.

Mendenhall has led Pittsburgh in rushing yards the previous three seasons, but this season he has been hampered with injuries. He tore his ACL in Week 17 last season and didn't return until Week 5 this season. Just four days after his return he strained his Achilles in a loss versus the Tennessee Titans. He returned to the field Nov. 18 against the Baltimore Ravens, but has been inactive the past two games after fumbling twice against the Cleveland Browns.

The Steelers currently hold the six seed in the AFC. They take on the Cowboys Sunday in Dallas.

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Steelers Edge Eagles, 16-14

Leon Halip/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Philadelphia Eagles, 16-14 on Sunday on a 34-yard field goal as time expired by Shaun Suisham.  The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Pittsburgh and dropped the Eagles to 3-2.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 207 yards in the victory.  Michael Vick was 20 of 30 passes for 175 yards and two touchdown passes but his two fumbles were costly. 

"In the game of football you can't be perfect at every play," said Vick.  "You're not going to do everything right, if that was the case, I'd be standing here with a different set of emotions."

The Eagles had the lead with 6:33 left after Vick hit Brent Celek for a two-yard touchdown pass, but Pittsburgh drove 64 yards on the final drive to set up the Suisham game-winner.

The Steelers were coming off a last-second loss to the Oakland Raiders before their bye week.

"We had the ball last," said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on the last drive.  "Sometimes it's whose got the ball last."

Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 81 yards with a touchdown on 14 carries in his first game of the season with the Steelers.  Antonio Brown had 86 yards on seven receptions in the victory.

Pittsburgh will have a short turnaround this week and will host the Titans on Thursday night.

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Source: Rashard Mendenhall to have MRI on Right Knee

Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Rashard Mendenhall will have a MRI on his right knee to determine if he tore his ACL, according to a source of ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Mendenhall injured his knee during the Steelers 13-9 win over the Browns Sunday.

"It's not good, of course, when a guy goes down in open grass and is not touched by anyone," coach Mike Tomlin said. "Experience tells me that, in general, that's not good."

Mendanhall was hurt in the first quarter of the game and taken to the locker room for tests.  He never went back into the game and was seen leaving the stadium on crutches.

The fourth year running back has rushed for 928 yards this season.

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Ravens Stun Steelers 23-20 In Final Seconds

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Sunday night showdown between the Ravens and Steelers -- that resulted in a 23-20 Baltimore win -- showed why these two teams have arguably the best rivalry in the entire NFL.

Not a single touchdown was scored in the first half, as the Ravens led 9-6 going into the third quarter.

Once the second half started it was a different story, as the Ravens took a 16-6 lead mid-way through the third quarter after a Ray Rice touchdown. Pittsburgh swiftly responded with touchdowns from Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace in the fourth quarter to take a 20-16 lead.

Baltimore had one more chance to win the game. The team started its final drive at the 8-yard line with 2:17 left in the game. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco led the Ravens to the 26-yard line, and with just eight seconds left, Flacco threw a touchdown pass to Torrey Smith to take a 23-20 lead -- and that was the difference.

With the win, the Ravens sweep the season series against the Steelers. At 6-2, they are tied with fellow AFC North rival Cincinatti Bengals for the best record in the conference.  

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