Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/19/12

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 29: Running back Isaac Redman #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball in the third quarter during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field on August 29, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Steelers starting running back Rashard Mendenhall suffered a torn ACL in week 17 of last season. The injury hurt the back’s chances at his third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. Mendenhall finished with 928 yards in 2011. His chances of returning to 1,000 rushing yards this season are also dwindling as Pittsburgh’s GM Kevin Colbert guesses Mendenhall will start the season off on the PUP list according to RotoWorld. That would keep Mendenhall out of the first six games of the season. But Pittsburgh has confidence in Isaac Redman, Mendenhall’s backup, who started last year’s playoff game against Denver. Redman has played in every game the last two seasons and has rushed for a respectable 726 yards as a backup.Some Steeler experts actually believe Redman could be a huge surprise and play better than Mendenhall did last season. Pittsburgh threw the ball a lot more in 2011 than they did the previous year, but Mendenhall ran too much to his left and right trying to dodge defend...
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