Friday, November 2, 2012
Steelers new starting RB is ... Redman
By Jamison Hensley
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin refused to name a starting running back after Sunday's win against the Redskins. In the end, Tomlin didn't have to make a decision. The injury situation did it for him.
Jonathan Dwyer, who gained more than 100 yards the past two weeks, is listed as doubtful with a quad injury. Rashard Mendenhall, the Steelers' leading rusher the past three seasons, is also doubtful with an Achilles injury.
That means Isaac Redman will likely get the start by default. He's probable with an ankle injury, making him the last back standing.
If you thought the disruptions in the Steelers' travel plans were bad, this is a much tougher break for the team. These injuries will really hurt a running game that had found its rhythm with Dwyer. Redman dealt with injuries during training camp and has been underwhelming this season. He hasn't gained more than 41 yards in the five games that he's played in, and he's averaging 2.5 yards per carry.
The Steelers are traveling to play the Giants, who have the NFL's 19th-ranked run defense.