Although he has a mere two carries for seven yards in the preseason, Isaac Redman has done enough in Mike Tomlin's eyes to be named the Pittsburgh Steelers' replacement starter at running back.
As expected Redman, not Dwyer, will be starting rb for #steelers if Bell doesn't play
— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) August 27, 2013
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Le'Veon Bell would be the man for the job if he was healthy, but he's currently battling a foot sprain that could keep him out for 6-8 weeks. So it appears Redman will get the call even though he, too, has been hurt, battling a neck stinger.
The whole position it Pittsburgh could use some good health, as LaRod Stephens-Howling has been working through an MCL sprain and new acquisition Felix Jones has been a walking MRI in his career.
But it's fair to ask why Redman over Jonathan Dwyer. Stacking the two up from their 2012 performances, Dwyer had more rushing yards (623 to 410), a higher yards-per-carry average (4.0 to 3.8) and fewer fumbles (two to three).
The answer might come in the passing game, where Redman appears to be a better receiver and pass protector. Dwyer had some decent runs against the Redskins this preseason but also lost a fumble and appears to be a better change of pace runner in this system.
The Steelers are hoping Bell can return to the fold fairly early in the season after learning that his Lisfranc injury was not season-ending.