Steelers turn to Isaac Redman in Le'Veon Bell's absence

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The Pittsburgh Steelers will have Isaac Redman start in place of Le'Veon Bell for Week 1, beating out Jonathan Dwyer.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will start running back Isaac Redman if Le'Veon Bell isn't ready to go for Week 1 of the regular season, according to Dale Lolley of the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter. Redman was competing with Jonathan Dwyer for the starting spot in the event that Bell would have to miss the game.

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Bell is considered day-to-day with a foot injury. It was initially feared that he had a Lisfranc injury, but it was later described as a mid-foot sprain ... before everyone went back to calling it a Lisfranc injury. Fortunately, it was not the kind of injury that required season-ending surgery.

Redman is also dealing with some injuries of his own. He's missed two preseason games with a stinger injury, and has been ruled out of the team's fourth preseason game. That said, he's close to coming back, and might have played this week if it were a regular season game.

Dwyer has played so-so in his preseason appearances. His best was the game against the Washington Redskins, in which he carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards with no touchdowns, including a rush of 23 yards. That's a per-carry average of 4.9 yards. It is likely that he sees some carries in the regular season behind Redman, though.

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