Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A second chance for Redman
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- Here are some highlights from coach Mike Tomlin’s weekly news conference. I will expand on some of these in later posts.
• Tomlin said Isaac Redman will start at running back against the Bengals despite fumbling twice in the season opener and rushing for 9 yards on 8 carries. “Obviously he played a bad game,” Tomlin said. “He’ll be given an opportunity to redeem himself.”
• Despite the signing of Fernando Velasco, Kelvin Beachum will be the starting center -- at least for now. Tomlin said the Steelers want to take a look at Velasco and Cody Wallace, who signed with the team on Sept. 1, before sorting out the situation at center.
• Tomlin was noncommittal on what role Jonathan Dwyer will play in the running game at Cincinnati. “That depends on his dependability,” Tomlin said. “We’ll play it by ear and see how it looks on the practice field and in the classroom.”
• Kion Wilson will take over for Larry Foote at strongside inside linebacker. Foote had surgery Tuesday morning to repair a torn bicep and is out for the rest of the season. Foote had been the defensive player with a radio in his helmet to communicate with the coaches. Lawrence Timmons will have the radio moving forward.
• Heath Miller (knee) will do more this week at practice, though Tomlin did not say how much closer the veteran tight end is to returning to action. Tomlin did not have an update on running back Le’Veon Bell (foot) and said cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) will try to do some things later in the week.
• The Steelers signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham as injury insurance. Tomlin said Shaun Suisham is dealing with a minor hamstring injury, and added that Suisham could play against the Bengals depending on how he looks later this week.
• The Steelers will continue to use a three-man rotation at outside linebacker, and Tomlin said Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds “did some nice things” against the Titans.
• Not all was bad in the Steelers’ 16-9 loss to the Titans, Tomlin said. He liked how the Steelers converted on third down early in the game and how they shut down the Titans’ running game. Tomlin said he was also encouraged by how the Steelers stayed in the game and gave themselves a chance to win at the end. "All of those things are things to build on I think," he said.