According to beat reporters Mike Bires and Dale Lolley on Twitter, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman (ankle) told the media on Wednesday that he\’ll be a full practice participant today, but that he\’s not sure if he will start Sunday night in the opener against the Denver Broncos.
Isaac Redman said he’s not sure if he will start for #Steelers on Sunday. Said it could depend on his health, but he hasn’t been told.
— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) September 5, 2012
RB Isaac Redman said before practice that he’ll be a full practice participant today . he’s been hobbling lately with a sore ankle #steelers
— Mike Bires (@mikebires) September 5, 2012
Redman, who has been slowed by an ankle injury that suffered against the Buffalo Bills in the Steelers third preseason game, said Wednesday that he hasn\’t been told whether or not he will start and that it all likely depends on his health moving forward.
In the Steelers 29-23 overtime loss to the Broncos last January in the AFC Wild Card, Redman rushed for 121 yards on 17 carries, as he started in place of Rashard Mendenhall, who tore the ACL in his right knee in the regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns.
The former undrafted free agent out of Bowie State has been nagged by minor injuries since the middle of training camp which led to him only getting 17 carries during the preseason for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Should Redman not start, third year running back Jonathan Dwyer would likely get the nod instead after the Georgia Tech product had a strong preseason showing. Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday during his press conference that the door is also open for Mendenhall to get his first game action Sunday night, but the general consensus is that he is still a few weeks away from being able to contribute despite being able to practice.
The Steelers will release their first participation injury report of the season later on today and we will pass that along to you as soon as we get it.