The injury news on running backs continues for the Steelers this afternoon. Tests on Isaac Redman revealed a hip injury that will not require surgery but will prevent him from playing Sunday against the Colts, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Redman could return to practice as early as next week.
This is actually good news because it keeps Redman on track to be the starting running back for the regular-season opener at Denver. Redman caused a minor scare at training camp this week when he talked about a scheduled MRI for a groin injury and then fell to the ground in pain at Wednesday's practice.
The Steelers are going to need a healthy Redman because they aren't expected to have their leading rusher for the past three seasons for the Sept. 9 game at Denver. Rashard Mendenhall has been activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list, but he likely won't play for most of September.
Pittsburgh has been dealing with a thin running back group this week. Jonathan Dwyer, who is expected to start Sunday against the Colts, returned to practice Thursday after missing time with a shoulder injury. The only healthy running backs on the roster are Baron Batch and Chris Rainey.