Steelers Say RB Isaac Redman Passed Concussion Testing During Bengals Game

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently that he was allowed to re-enter the week two game against the Cincinnati Bengals despite having suffered a concussion during the opening kickoff. The team, however, released a statement Thursday in which they claim the running back was cleared to return after being properly evaluated.

“I had a concussion,” Redman said, per Bouchette’s report. “I was pretty much out of it the rest of the game. I just tried to go back in.”

Redman insinuated that he fooled the Steelers team trainers by telling them he was “all right”, but the team insists he was only allowed to return after passing the league-mandated concussion test.

“Isaac was taken out of the game, and we announced that he was being evaluated for a concussion,” the team said in a statement released to Pro Football Talk. “He was then taken through the proper protocol by our medical staff and it was deemed he was cleared to return to action after multiple examinations. He then re-entered the game and saw action shortly thereafter and throughout the rest of the game.”

It will be interesting to see what happens with this situation moving forward and the Steelers are probably not too happy with Redman’s claim that they weren’t looking out for his best interests.

Redman was demoted to the bottom of the Steelers depth chart on Tuesday and as a result, there’s a good chance he will be inactive for the Sunday game in London against the Minnesota Vikings. You know he will not be happy about that if indeed that winds up being the case.

With the game still a few days away, Redman will likely be asked to respond to the team’s statement prior to kickoff. In addition to questions from the media, the league and the NFLPA might have a few questions for him as well.

  • steeltown

    Im sorry, but Redman always looks sort of concust

  • SteelersDepot

    true, true

  • Rosco

    Its really hard to root for this team right now! They could go 0-16 and id still love them, but ben and isaac’s mouthes are fumbling as much as their hands!

  • Informed reader

    I think he’s just trying to blame his bad performance on a concussion that didn’t exist. It seems clear that he was held out of that game for quite a while…more than enough time for the medical staff to take him through whatever tests are now required. He passed the tests, they put him back in, and he did nothing positive to contribute. So now he is looking for an excuse.

    I really don’t believe he “fooled” the medical staff or that the team ignored the doctors’ advice when they put him back in. I mean, it’s not like his performance had been so wonderful that they felt they needed him back in there! I just lost whatever respect I had for Redman. I hope they cut him, or at least don’t actually let him touch the ball. He’ll just fumble it.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I hope this does not become a new trend in the NFL, the Steelers may have to start filming each time a player sees a trainer just to prove they followed the proper protocols for the next round of civil suits.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Redman in the words of the great Fred G Sanford…”YOU BIG DUMMY!”