Some good news on the injury front at the running back position for the Pittsburgh Steelers as Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review informed me this evening that running back Isaac Redman was indeed back at practice today and worked fully.
Earlier in the day I speculated on a report made by Alan Robinson that Redman might be sidelined again this week because of his hip injury, but it appears that Redman is healthy enough now to throw his hat in the ring for the Steelers tune-up game Saturday against the Buffalo Bills.
Maybe it should not be too big of a surprise as Redman did say last week he could possibly return to practice this week. With the training camp and preseason that Jonathan Dwyer is having thus far, perhaps Redman is feeling a little pressure to get back to work as well.
We have seen a few players fight through injuries over the course of the last month as cornerback Keenan Lewis returned one day after suffering a shoulder injury that looked like would sideline him for a few days prior to the Steelers first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dwyer also fought through a shoulder injury that he suffered against the Eagles and ended up starting Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts because Redman was sidelined.
Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked by Bob Labriola this past weekend if when he talks about injuries to the media if it was psychological thing as to why he always seems to characterize injured players as day-to-day, or week-to-week and Tomlin replied, "yes". Labriola followed up that question by asking Tomlin why he believes that’s the way to handle it.
"Because everybody needs to feel the urgency of now in this business and in this game," said Tomlin. "It is just that. When you’re working, particularly in a training camp type setting, you work with a lot of young people and there are a lot of guys who don’t understand that."
"The veteran players – the James Harrisons of the world – understand that," continued the head coach. "So you have to use as many tools as you can to teach them that, and just overall attitude in terms of how people come back from unfortunate circumstances is a big tool in teaching that.."
It certainly appears Redman and others feel that urgency that Tomlin preaches.