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Isaac Redman back for Steelers, Rashard Mendenhall isn’t

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Things are coming into a bit more focus in terms of the health of the Steelers backfield heading into Sunday’s game against the Redskins.

For starters, it looks like they’re going to be leaning heavily on Jonathan Dwyer again. Rashard Mendenhall missed practice again with the Achilles injury that forced him to miss last week’s game against the Bengals and his chances of getting well enough to play in Week Eight aren’t looking all that good. They didn’t miss him all that much — Dwyer had 122 yards and Chris Rainey scored a touchdown — so they’ll likely be giving Mendenhall all the time he needs to get well.

The chances that Isaac Redman will be able to give Dwyer and Rainey a little help are looking a little better. Redman’s ankle felt well enough to allow him to be a limited participant in practice for the team on Thursday, an improvement from his bystander status on Wednesday and a step in the right direction in terms of his ultimate return to the field.

If Redman does play, he’ll have center Maurkice Pouncey blocking for him. Pouncey was ruled in by Mike Tomlin earlier this week and there was no change in that status after a day of practice.

“I feel really good,” Pouncey said, via the team website. “I came in this morning with not that much pain at all. I feel good today. It’s really, really positive. I am definitely playing this week.”

The earliest we’re likely to get anything so definitive about the Steelers backs is Friday.

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5 Responses to “Isaac Redman back for Steelers, Rashard Mendenhall isn’t”
  1. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 25, 2012 4:31 PM

    Mendy’s the worse of the bunch. Sitting him will have zero impact on the Steelers.

  2. steelersownyou says: Oct 25, 2012 4:37 PM

    Redskins will be 3-5 Steelers 4-3 after this game. Ben throws for 400 yards. Rg3po smothered. Move on to next article. Nothing to see here!

  3. celticsforever says: Oct 25, 2012 8:13 PM

    Oh – and leave your wives, girlfriends and daughter @ home for this one – big ben is going to be on the prowl for some non-consensual relations…

  4. mostlombardisintheleague says: Oct 26, 2012 9:28 AM

    Considering the game last Sunday, all the previous games this season (yes, even the fumble in Oakland) and that Redman’s ankle is not 100%, how can anyone other than Dwyer be considered as the starter ?

  5. steelcityfinest13 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:24 AM

    Let “spin”denhal rest……baby big bus can carry us again!!

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