An injury to Le’Veon Bell’s foot opened up a starting job for Steelers running back Isaac Redman and Redman didn’t exactly make a case for holding onto it.
He did make a case for the benefits of holding onto the ball, however. Redman fumbled twice on his way to nine rushing yards for the day, part of a dreadful overall offensive performance for the Steelers in their 16-9 loss to the Titans. Redman was pulled from the game after the second fumble, but returned after LaRod Stephens-Howling went down with an ACL tear.
And, despite the return of Jonathan Dwyer, Redman will return to the starting job again against the Bengals next Monday night.
“Obviously he played a bad game,” coach Mike Tomlin said, via Scott Brown of ESPN.com. “He’ll be given an opportunity to redeem himself.”
Tomlin’s announcement would seem to make it unlikely that Bell will be back for the second game of the season, something he was hoping to do last week. As for Dwyer, Tomlin said that his playing time “depends on his dependability.”
The fact that the Steelers cut him in favor of Redman with Bell out suggests that the team wasn’t enamored of his dependability a couple of weeks ago, but there’s nothing like a brutal day running the ball to make you reconsider earlier opinions.