The Steelers have suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for one game for conduct detrimental to the team after he failed to show up for last Sunday's 34-24 loss to San Diego after being told he would not be active.
Though Mendenhall's future with the Steelers was highly in doubt, there was a chance the team might re-sign him as a free agent following this season if he didn't draw a lot of interest elsewhere.
That is likely out the window.
The Steelers activated running back Baron Batch from their practice squad to fill Mendenhall's roster spot this week.
@ Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that guard Willie Colon had surgery Monday to repair his injured left knee.
The Steelers have not yet placed Colon on the disabled list. They are waiting for the swelling to go down in order to see the severity of the injury and length of recovery time.
As expected, with Colon out, the Steelers are going to take a look at moving Ramon Foster to left guard and inserting rookie David DeCastro at right guard.
DeCastro wasn't quite ready a couple of weeks ago when he was activated from injured reserve, but has built up some strength in his knee, which he injured in the team's third preseason game.
@ Colon's injury wasn't the only big one announced by Tomlin Tuesday.
Corner Cortez Allen, who started in place of Ike Taylor last week, has a hip flexor injury, as does fellow starter Keenan Lewis.
Allen's injury is more serious than the one to Lewis, though both will be limited in practice early in the week.
Lewis is expected to play Sunday, while the Steelers are unsure about Allen.
That could leave Curtis Brown, Josh Victorian and DeMarcus Van Dyke playing bigger roles in Dallas this weekend.
@ I spoke with Taylor after Sundays loss to San Diego. He's planning on trying to come back against Cincinnati, but that might be pushing things.
@ Tomlin said he has no plans to change the running back rotation, meaning Rashard Mendenhall will continue to be inactive.