Even though Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall was suspended for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys for conduct detrimental to the team, the two sides are engaging in contract talks, according to ESPN.com.
Mendenhall did not show up for last week's game against the San Diego Chargers after he found out he was inactive. He had lost his starting job to Jonathan Dwyer two weeks ago.
Mendenhall is a free agent at the end of the season.
Citing sources, ESPN reported that Mendenhall found out he lost his starting job from friends instead of coaches. He then found out that he was inactive for the game against the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago when he arrived at the stadium and found his locker empty.
Although the Steelers did not specify why Mendenhall was suspended, it stems from his no-show against the Chargers, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The team announced the suspension on Tuesday.
Mendenhall has played in just four games this season because of injuries. He made his season debut Oct. 4 because of ACL surgery. He then strained his right Achilles less than a week later.
He has 34 carries for 113 yards this year.