The Pittsburgh Steelers made two personnel moves today, one expected the other a surprise. They moved starting nose tackle Casey Hampton from the physically unable to preform list (PUP). This was expected, as the Steelers expect Hampton to be ready to play early in the season if not for the season opener.
Rashard Mendenhall also came off the PUP list, which is a surprise.
The Steelers had been saying all along that they expected Mendenhall to stay on the PUP list until at least week six of the upcoming season. The fact that he’s coming off now does not speak well for how the Steelers see their situation at running back, which finds Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer both nursing injuries.