This season has been a roller coaster ride for running back Isaac Redman. At the start of training camp this year, the Pittsburgh Steelers named Redman as the co-starter in the backfield along with rookie running back Le’Veon Bell. After a sore knee and a foot injury sidelined Bell for virtually the entire preseason and the beginning of the regular season, it appeared that Redman would be the team’s feature back.
Unfortunately, things for the five-year veteran didn’t go as planned. Redman only carried the ball twice throughout the entire preseason due to injury. Furthermore, after gaining only 12 yards on 10 carries in the Steelers’ first two games of the regular season and fumbling twice, Redman was listed as a healthy inactive for Pittsburgh’s last three games, and today the team decided to waive the Bowie State product.
The Steelers filled Redman’s void on the roster by re-signing linebacker Kion Wilson, who was just waived and put on the team’s practice squad. Personally, I think that Pittsburgh should have brought in another offensive lineman to add some much-needed depth.
This move doesn’t come as a surprise. Pittsburgh did re-sign running back Jonathan Dwyer after LaRod Stephens-Howling was lost for the season in Week 1. In addition, the play of Bell in the past three games has shown that Redman is no longer needed.
Since joining the Steelers in 2009, Redman has played in 50 games, has started five times, and carried the ball 282 times for 1,148 yards and five touchdowns.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+