Pittsburgh Steelers to start Isaac Redman at running back

Aug 12, 2013; Latrobe, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman (33) participates during training camp drills at Saint Vincent College. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers tried and tried to give rookie running back Le’Veon Bell the starting job, but he couldn’t stay healthy. Instead, the team will have to roll with a running back by committee situation until Bell can return from his mid-foot sprain, which shouldn’t be until around week three.

In the meantime, Isaac Redman, who has been dealing with a stinger, will be the team’s No. 1 back.

Redman has always been a favorite of the coaching staff, despite the fact that he fails to do anything spectacularly. Last season, he produced a modest 410 yards and two touchdowns with a 3.72 yards per carry average.

Jonathan Dwyer, who has looked impressive throughout the preseason, LaRod Stephens-Howling and recently acquired Felix Jones will round out the backfield.

It is a shame to see the Steelers running back situation where it currently is, when you consider their offensive line is actually a very good run-blocking line, but it is something that the team will deal have to deal with. After all, they are used to dealing with a less than ideal running back situation since Jerome Bettis called it a career.

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