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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Redman out, Dwyer to play on Thursday

By Scott Brown

PITTSBURGH -- Jonathan Dwyer will play in the Steelers’ final preseason game as he had hoped. Isaac Redman won’t get a chance to suit up at Carolina on Thursday despite his best lobbying efforts to do so.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the Steelers will use the preseason finale to take a long look at Dwyer, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Felix Jones.

Dwyer figures to get the least amount of work of the three considering how extensively he has played in the Steelers’ past two games.  Stephens-Howling is returning to action after missing the past two games because of a mild knee sprain. Jones, meanwhile, will get one final opportunity to prove to the Steelers coaches that he belongs on the 53-man roster, which has to be finalized by 6 p.m. ET on Saturday.

“Obviously we’ve got a lot of backs we need to sort through so we’re going to look at some of those others,” Tomlin said.

That Redman (stinger) won’t play actually bodes well for the fourth-year veteran opening the season as the Steelers’ starting running back. The coaches apparently don’t need to see any more from Redman, who played in just one preseason game and gained 7 yards on two carries.

Whether Dwyer, Stephens-Howling and Jones are competing for two spots remains to be seen.

Rookie Le’Veon Bell, who is nursing a foot sprain, is a lock to make the team. So too is Redman.

I’ve got to think Dwyer and Stephens-Howling are safe and that the decision on Jones will come down to whether the Steelers carry an extra running back on the 53-man roster until Bell returns.

Also notable from Tomlin’s news conference: