Brief and to the Point …
>> The news that Rashard Mendenhall could miss all of 2012 with the knee injury appears to set the stage for Isaac Redman as the Steelers’ feature back.
That might sound scary. He’s a second-year man who went undrafted out of Bowie State, and he’s got one career start. He also isn’t seen as a pass-catching back, which limits his versatility and probably takes him off the field on third down. Check his official page for all the details.
But there’s also this: In his lone start, against a decent Cleveland defense, Redman rushed 19 times for 92 yards, including a 22-yarder and a touchdown. That’s obviously pretty good. In the playoff loss at Denver, he averaged 7.1 yards per carry. That’s really good. And even the weakness that most fans might remember — those two hideous late fumbles against the Browns — go very much against a sure-handed history.
Kevin Colbert strongly suggested the Steelers won’t necessarily go to the outside to replace Mendenhall, and there’s good reason for that.
>> A related question: Will Mendenhall rehab around his teammates this time?
Last time he was out an extended period, you’ll remember he rubbed a lot of Steelers the wrong way by rarely being seen on the South Side.
>> Dmitri Young’s tryout with the Pirates was yesterday in Bradenton, and it sure sounds from Clint Hurdle’s assessment as if … well, Young can still breathe.
>> Speaking of breathing, I mentioned to everyone here late last week not to hold their breath with this A.J. Burnett trade. These types of deals generally don’t get done quickly. Each side thinks that the longer it waits, the more the money needle moves in one direction or the other.
I can add this: The two reports out of New York yesterday that the Yankees want more money and better prospects is highly plausible and equally laughable on the Yankees’ part. This is all about money.
>> Max Talbot’s fine season with the Flyers is chronicled by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
>> Q for the puckheads today: Impressions of Cal O’Reilly?
I’ll wait for yours first, then share my own in comment responses.