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Eight games into their season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have definitely received two very early Christmas presents in rookie receiver Mike Wallace and second-year back Rashard Mendenhall. Both players were virtually afterthoughts when the roster was finalized in September.á Mendenhall was returning from a shoulder injury and had just put in his second lackluster training camp in Pittsburgh. Wallace was a third-round pick not expected to make much of a contribution behind Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, and second-year receiver Limas Sweed. After eight weeks, everything has changed. Sweed, after dropping a sure touchdown against Cincinnati, was benched in favor of the surprising Wallace.á When the already ineffective Willie Parker went down with an injury, Mendenhall was asked to step in and ...

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