Injuries are often about timing. Rashard Mendenhall's torn anterior cruciate ligament on Jan. 1 has made Mendenhall's status for 2012 an open question in Pittsburgh all offseason.
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"They never said a time. With a knee, it can take anywhere from six to 12 months, so everybody's time frame is different," Mendenhall said, via the team's website. "I'll be back at some point. It's just a matter of what point that is."
It would be a surprise to see Mendenhall ready for the opener. The Steelers might play it safe and put him on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list to start the year, which would knock him out for the first six weeks of the season.