We’ve been keeping a close eye on the health of two Steelers running backs all week and we’ve got the team’s determination of their chances of playing.
Rashard Mendenhall has no chance of playing as he’s been ruled out with the Achilles injury that’s kept him out of practice all week. Isaac Redman, battling ankle problems, has been able to do some work in practice, however, and he’s been listed as questionable for the date with the Redskins. Redman said after practice that he was amazed how much better his ankle felt and that he thinks he’ll be able to play on Sunday.
Even if Redman’s in the lineup, it looks like Jonathan Dwyer will be the starting running back for the second straight week. Dwyer was benched early in the season after fumbling, but says that his 122-yard outing against the Bengals last weekend has boosted his confidence a tremendous amount.
“It motivates me. It makes me believe more in myself. It makes me work harder, so that I can do more and do better,” Dwyer said in an interview with 93.7 The Fan, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “All it does is give more confidence to continue to play the way I play and continue to believe in myself and continue to want to do better every day I step on the field.”
Linebacker Brandon Johnson was also listed as out for the game, joining Mendenhall, tackle Marcus Gilbert and safety Troy Polamalu on the sideline.