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Steelers drop Redman, bring back Eason

The Steelers, as it turns out, also played the 54-man roster game this weekend.

Running back Isaac Redman was elevated from the practice squad at the temporary expense of reserve defensive lineman Nick Eason, who was dumped on Saturday after being paid for the week.

Redman was believed to be in line to get some touches during Sunday night’s game against the Chargers.  In the end, however, he didn’t.

And so Redman has now been released, and Eason has been re-signed.

The dance will continue until the trade deadline comes and goes.  Thereafter, vested veterans must pass through waivers.

Though some league insiders believe that it’s a violation of the rules to make wink-nod-fart arrangements to bring back the player who is cut, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells us that the move is legitimate.

“This has been [standard operating procedure] since 1993 when new [Collective Bargaining Agreement] permitted vested vets to be terminated without waivers,” Aiello said Sunday via e-mail.  “It does not compromise the roster limit.”

So the lesson for any team not cutting veterans on Saturdays to fill positions of need with practice-squad players and then re-signing the veterans on Monday after telling the veterans when they are cut that they’ll be re-signed, it’s not cheating, so start doing it.

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11 Responses to “Steelers drop Redman, bring back Eason”
  1. kazkal says: Oct 5, 2009 6:30 PM

    They need just make
    Game Day Roster 48
    Final Roster: 60
    & Get rid of Practice Squads.

  2. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 5, 2009 6:59 PM

    They made the move because Willie Parker will be suiting up this week, and they don’t want to go into the game with more than 4 active RB’s (Mendenhall, Parker, fullback Carey Davis, and Mewelde Moore). Redman should get his chance as soon as there is another injury.
    By the way, you did not mention Stefan Logan for the Steelers laying out Darren Sproles with a vicious tackle on a kick return – 5’6″ guy on 5’6″ guy violence, courtesy of the NFL.

  3. Slow Joe says: Oct 5, 2009 7:06 PM

    …until the “54th man” is swiped by another team.

  4. POSteeler Fan says: Oct 5, 2009 7:22 PM

    Here we go squeelcheats, here we go! Here we go squeelcheats, here we go!……………..

  5. steelframe says: Oct 5, 2009 7:48 PM

    Why would this be against the rules? Any team that really wanted to go after the player cut is welcome to do so.
    They elevated Redman because of the Parker injury. He didn’t play because Mendenhall was a beast. Stop harping on this non-story.

  6. cgc1969 says: Oct 5, 2009 9:08 PM

    can somebody tell me if redman goes back to the practice squad or if he is not a steeler and could be picked up on waivers. this kid is a good football player and it would be ashamed to see him gone.

  7. lvcc7272 says: Oct 5, 2009 9:23 PM

    What’s wrong with you Steeler bashers?? That game was a rockin’ chair until WE got the bad calls…..get used to it steeler bashers….We WILL be there in January!!

  8. lichnor says: Oct 5, 2009 10:48 PM

    Has anyone else noticed that the Titans have not won a single game since they stomped on the Terrible Towel?
    Looks like the Madden Cover Curse might have some competition…..

  9. Decoy says: Oct 5, 2009 11:40 PM

    lichnor says:
    October 5, 2009 10:48 PM
    Has anyone else noticed that the Titans have not won a single game since they stomped on the Terrible Towel?
    Looks like the Madden Cover Curse might have some competition…..
    We can call it the Myron Curse…

  10. i'm president charlie! says: Oct 6, 2009 7:16 AM

    @lichnor – awesome. i was thinking about that yesterday. where is LenWhale White when you need him? Haven’t heard him in the news since practice before week one.

  11. footballnut says: Oct 6, 2009 8:15 AM

    The name Eason just gives me the shivers for some reason…
    Signed a Long Time Pats Fan.

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