The face of the Steelers backfield is changing again.
It looks like Isaac Redman will be the feature back for the Steelers in their abbreviated trip to New Jersey this weekend after running back Jonathan Dwyer missed practice Friday with a quad injury. Dwyer is listed as doubtful, although Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times reports that the decision has already been made to keep Dwyer out of the lineup.
It’s bad timing for Dwyer, who had run for more than 100 yards in each of the last two games with Redman and Rashard Mendenhall out of the lineup. Mendenhall is also doubtful and also not expected to play, which means Redman will be the main driver of any ground attack the Steelers can muster on Sunday afternoon. That could wind up meaning more dinking and dunking for Ben Roethlisberger if Redman isn’t able to move the chains as well as Dwyer.
On defense, the Steelers should have linebacker LaMarr Woodley and safety Ryan Clark. Clark is listed as probable and Woodley was optimistic about his chances of playing after taking part in practice on Friday.
It’s looking good,” Woodley said, via Dan Gigler of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We’ve got another day, maybe a half a day to prepare to go out there on Sunday. Looks like I’ll give it a try. I felt good out there in practice, I ran pretty hard. It felt good.”
That about does it for this installment of As the Pittsburgh Injury Report Turns.