Running back Isaac Redman practiced on a limited basis the last two days, but is still bothered by a groin injury that seemed to impact him moreso on Wednesday.
“Me and (Jonathan) Dwyer tried to come back,” said Redman before Wednesday’s practice. “We tried to come back and just have two more fresh legs out there and give them a break when we could.”
Redman said while there is pain, he is hoping the injury won’t hamper him for long.
“It hurts a little,” he said. “It’s tough to run right now. It gradually got sore, I thought it was tight, but it just started getting worse. I heal pretty fast so hopefully I can get right past this.”
Redman is expected to be the starter when the Steelers open the regular season at Denver with Rashard Mendenhall still hurt, and he wants to make sure the offense doesn’t miss a beat.
“I expect to play well, play at a high level,” said Redman. “When I am starting I want to be one of the top running backs in the NFL. With hard work I feel like I have a good shot.”
Redman doesn’t know how long the starting job will be his, with much of it dependent on Mendenhall’s status, but that won’t have an impact on his play.
“My goal is to play well no matter what the outcome is when Rashard gets back,” said Redman. “I just want to play my heart out and at a top level so whatever decision the coaches make it’s up to them.”
Redman can see the daily improvement from the offense, and as camp at St. Vincent College winds down he is happy with the progress.
“We are getting better every day,” said Redman. “Everyone is still learning, but they are getting better every day.
“A lot of guys are able to play faster now instead of just going out there thinking. Before when we broke the huddle you saw a lot of guys eyes looking around. Now we are able to play a lot faster.”
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