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Steelers release Isaac Redman

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The Steelers are apparently convinced Le’Veon Bell is ready to handle the load, so they’re willing to let some depth at running back go.

The team announced they had released running back Isaac Redman, and promoted linebacker Kion Wilson from the practice squad.

Redman had been inactive the previous three weeks, but had done some good work for them in the past. He gained 1,136 rushing yards from 2010-12.

That move leaves Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones behind Bell, who had 99 yards from scrimmage in Sunday’s win over the Ravens.

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  1. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 21, 2013 4:49 PM

    This is a move of a champion. Franchises around the league are taking notes (or should be).

  2. t8ertot says: Oct 21, 2013 4:49 PM

    Just watch. With their luck, Bell will get hurt.

  3. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 21, 2013 4:50 PM

    Where are all the haters who called Bell a bust? We can’t hear you??

  4. daysend564 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:54 PM

    Giants on line 1

  5. tutamus says: Oct 21, 2013 4:56 PM

    I would like to start a petition for him to change his last name. It is very offensive.

  6. killerpgh says: Oct 21, 2013 4:58 PM

    Kind of funny how Redman was the starter and Dwyer was cut before the season started. Then the Steelers bring back Dwyer and his 1st week back he jumps ahead of Redman on the depth chart. Now Redman is gone.

  7. bigbenownsthenfl says: Oct 21, 2013 4:59 PM

    I like bell a lot. but what is it with tomlin annointing bell as the 2nd coming of barry sanders. tomlin needs to calm down a little bit about bell. what I really think it is was the steelers drafting bell was all tomlin. ill bet Colbert wanted to draft lacy. I know tomlin was a big proponent of drafting ziggy hood. we all see how that turned out.. ziggy is terrible…

  8. ottomanismydog says: Oct 21, 2013 5:00 PM

    In honesty he should not of made the team in September. Dwyer was more productive in ’12 and in the ’13 preseason.

  9. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 21, 2013 5:00 PM

    Redskins should pick him up. Then they’d finally have a Redman on the team.

  10. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 21, 2013 5:05 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 21, 2013 4:49 PM

    This is a move of a champion. Franchises around the league are taking notes (or should be).

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    Oh, yes… that’s so true!

    Every team wants to follow the example of another team who loses the first 4 games of the season.

    That 2-4 record of theirs is the envy of the whole NFL. Yup, other teams aren’t jealous of the 6-0 Chiefs. They are envious of the 2-4 Steelers.

    That’s some pretty strong Kool-Aid you’re drinking…

  11. stillers213 says: Oct 21, 2013 5:14 PM

    Is Tomlin throwing darts to determine which RB is on the roster? I hope Bell brings some much needed stability to the position over the next few seasons. I’m still baffled as to why he is bringing LB’s off the practice squad and not adding one more O-lineman. Why does he continue to leave us short in that dept? Now it may be too late in the season to find someone serviceable with other teams having injuries. Should have never left it so thin in the first place!

  12. bowdowntothebengals says: Oct 21, 2013 5:16 PM

    Go BENGALS!

  13. bigbenownsthenfl says: Oct 21, 2013 5:25 PM

    have your say now Bengal boy….come January when you are 1 and done like usual. you will go into hiding!!

  14. twonis says: Oct 21, 2013 5:27 PM

    It’s up to you

    New

    York

    Neeeeewwwww

    Yoooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrk!!! (Giants)

  15. Steeley McBeam says: Oct 21, 2013 5:30 PM

    It’s not like Bell is relinquishing the job anytime soon. Felix returns kicks and Dwyer has finally gotten his head out his rear end and worked hard enough to pass Redman on the depth chart.

    The name change jokes were funny thou.

  16. Deb says: Oct 21, 2013 5:45 PM

    I’m fine with releasing Redman. What bothers me is the coaching staff wasn’t able to adequately evaluate the talent during camp and preseason–which sort of defeats the purpose of camp and preseason. Wish I didn’t have such an uneasy feeling about some of our player personnel people and coaches. The front office needs to take a serious look at these issues in the off season.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 21, 2013 5:48 PM

    Oh, yes… that’s so true!

    Every team wants to follow the example of another team who loses the first 4 games of the season.

    That 2-4 record of theirs is the envy of the whole NFL. Yup, other teams aren’t jealous of the 6-0 Chiefs. They are envious of the 2-4 Steelers.

    That’s some pretty strong Kool-Aid you’re drinking…

    Ok you win. It’s apparent you are trying to prove you are a real steeler hating troll…..envy is the badge of honor to weak so wear yours proudly.

  18. 21stnprime says: Oct 21, 2013 5:54 PM

    it would be funny if they re-signed him again in two weeks..

  19. ydousuk says: Oct 21, 2013 6:02 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 21, 2013 5:48 PM

    envy is the badge of honor to weak so wear yours proudly.
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    Oh ya skippy, I am sure everyone envies the 2-4 Steelers………..

  20. alchemistcirca1979 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:12 PM

    bigbenownsthenfl says: Oct 21, 2013 4:59 PM

    I like bell a lot. but what is it with tomlin annointing bell as the 2nd coming of barry sanders. tomlin needs to calm down a little bit about bell. what I really think it is was the steelers drafting bell was all tomlin. ill bet Colbert wanted to draft lacy. I know tomlin was a big proponent of drafting ziggy hood. we all see how that turned out.. ziggy is terrible…
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    Awesome, so when Bell makes pro bowl after pro bowl you can say its all because of Tomlin( with your logic). Its not like the team just flipped a coin and heads was Bell. One of my favorite Steeler moments is when a certain head coach anointed JB as his guy in Pittsburgh and that turned out HOF career

    Ziggy hood is not “terrible”. Keep in mind that Keisel, Smith, Steed, Hampton ect… didn’t hit their stride until much later in their careers regardless of their draft position. A 34 DE isn’t glamorous in this scheme.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 21, 2013 6:13 PM

    ydousuk says:
    Oct 21, 2013 6:02 PM
    Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 21, 2013 5:48 PM

    envy is the badge of honor to weak so wear yours proudly.
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    Oh ya skippy, I am sure everyone envies the 2-4 Steelers………..

    1 0
    Report comment. Obviously you did because you jumped on my post little Timmy. You are are envious of our history, our fan base, and your teams lack of the same. Go pet Lassie and behave.

  22. blackngold4life says: Oct 21, 2013 6:20 PM

    Redman made the team as a rookie by impressing on goal line drills..he was never ment to be starter material.

  23. steel2372 says: Oct 21, 2013 7:16 PM

    Thank you for the time and dedication. Steelers nation will miss you . I personally liked how he played even though we have no room for four rbs im gonna miss him. Good luck and I hope you do well wherever you go

  24. dumbaseinstien says: Oct 21, 2013 8:48 PM

    There is little doubt the Steelers tried to trade him to the Giants before releasing him & the Giants said “no thanks, we’ll just get him off waivers for free”.

  25. Deb says: Oct 21, 2013 11:46 PM

    The Giants appear to be doing just fine with Hillis.

  26. slobberknocker says: Oct 22, 2013 12:17 AM

    The Steelers should release the Steelers

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 22, 2013 8:51 AM

    slobberknocker, I obviously disagree, but I laughed very hard at that.

  28. ziggy26 says: Oct 22, 2013 9:07 AM

    Deb, I think the Steelers did a pretty good job of evaluating RB talent in the preseason. First, the issue with Dwyer has never been talent. It’s been dedication to the sport. From weight gains, to mental mistakes, he’s consistently failed to live up to his physical talent. (Remember, he was a potential first round pick at one point in his Ga. Tech Career).

    The Steelers established pretty early on in camp that Bell would be the guy as soon as he got up to speed, Stephens-Howling would be the change of pace back, leaving Redman and Dwyer to fight for a final spot.

    Injuries to Bell, LSH, and Redman forced the front office’s hand, it wasn’t indecision. They brought in Felix Jones, who is versatile if nothing else.

    Dwyer got a major wake-up call when he was cut (and subsequently not signed by any other NFL team). All reports are that he came back to the Steeler ready to accept a role and commit to it. Redman’s been injured off-and-on, and Dwyer has taken over all of Redman’s duties since returning.

    He was expendable. There weren’t any errors in talent evaluation, the situation just worked itself out over time.

  29. johnnybgood19 says: Oct 22, 2013 9:10 AM

    I like Redman, remember him from his college days at Bowie State… but he was just extra weight on a roster that needs help… dispite Sundays win… we are still a team with issues…

    He had to go but they needed to bring in someone to help the O-line.. with Levi Brown as a bust the O-line is very thin… one or two more injuries and Heath Miller will be playing right guard.

  30. pabrownsfan says: Oct 22, 2013 9:19 AM

    I thought he did a decent job when he played. Congrats to Pittsburgh on a hard fought win.

  31. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:28 AM

    Off topic, but after watching last night’s debacle between the Vikings and Giants, I am even more convinced the Steelers would be 3-3 had Tomlin not waited until Friday to take his team to London for a game on Sunday…
    Charlie Batch has been very critical about Tomlin’s past last-minute travel plans. Don’t look now, but the Steelers are scheduled to make a west coast trip this weekend. They’ll probably fly into the Bay Area around noon (Pacific Time) on Sunday…

  32. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:33 AM

    Redman was released because he sustain a concussion on special teams during a game in which he was allowed to return to play. He was outspoken about it, which put him in Tomlin’s doghouse.
    Tomlin has no clue as to how to evaluate personnel, which was well outlined by Deb’s post…

  33. Deb says: Oct 22, 2013 6:08 PM

    @ziggy26 …

    I appreciate what you’re saying. But I’m bothered that the Steelers would even be in that situation. They brought in Haley to reinvigorate the running game. That makes both the offensive line and the running backs priorities. We see the problems on o-line. And they’re fooling around with a back whose draft stock dropped because of a bad attitude? This is the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers shouldn’t have to cut guys to wake them up and make them want to play. And it’s things like this that have me concerned.

  34. youcallthatreporting says: Oct 22, 2013 8:45 PM

    A 2-4 team currently at the bottom of the AFC North releases its 4th string RB and replaces him with a practice squad player destined for special teams or the weekly inactive list. Yeah this will turn it around. This is news why?

  35. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 22, 2013 9:28 PM

    21stnprime says: Oct 21, 2013 5:54 PM

    it would be funny if they re-signed him again in two weeks..

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    Of course they will.

    They keep bringing Max Starks back over & over again, don’t they?

    BTW, believe it or not, I want the Steelers to win some games. I really do.

    Just enough so they don’t go to the playoffs while also ruining their chances of having high draft choices. That way they an keep drafting “great” players like Ziggy Hood & Limas Sweed (among others)… you know, players that the Steeler fans I know swore were gonna be All Pros and Super Bowl Champions.

    Yep, keep on choosing them winners boy…

  36. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 22, 2013 9:29 PM

    * = can

  37. thebus36 says: Oct 22, 2013 9:58 PM

    i appreciate all Redman did for the steelers. he was a good goal line and short yardage back but he had fumbling issues. bell is the rb of the present and future, felix is a good change of pace guy and i would rather have the more talented guy with attitude problems because that can be changed. talent cannot. if bell were to get hurt and miss time dwyer would be better than redman at taking the lead back role

  38. thebus36 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:00 PM

    another thing. why are bengal fans talking. when is the last time they have won a superbowl? oh thats right never so shut up until you at least win a playoff game. #kimo into palmers knee is not an excuse

  39. Deb says: Oct 22, 2013 11:07 PM

    @youcallthatreporting …

    It’s news because this is a football blog. If you’re not interested in Steelers news, don’t click the link.

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