Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall posted a Twitter message Friday that his injured right knee has “healed wonderfully.”
General manager Kevin Colbert said last month he expects the former 1,000-yard rusher to begin training camp July 25 on the physically unable to perform list.
Mendenhall tore the ACL in his right knee during the final regular-season game Jan. 1 against Cleveland. The normal recovery time for the injury is nine to 12 months.
Isaac Redman is expected to start at running back if Mendenhall isn't ready for the Sept. 9 season opener in Denver.
Dawson, Brister, Maas join lawsuit
Hall of Fame inductee Dermontti Dawson, former Steelers quarterback Bubby Brister and 1980s-era Pitt defensive line star Bill Maas are among the more than 2,600 former NFL players who have joined in the nearly 100 lawsuits that allege the league long ignored the dangers of repetitive head injuries.
Dawson, who played for the Steelers from 1988-2000, will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 4.
He and 46 other ex-players filed suit July 3 in Mississippi.
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