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Tomlin getting everybody ready to start at RB in Denver


By Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review

Isaac Redman said his ready to go, but his sore ankle might be an issue the entire season; Jonathan Dwyer is practicing like he is going to start Sunday’s opener in Denver; and Rashard Mendenhall is looking like he is close to 100 percent back from his January ACL surgery.

But the only man who matters isn’t showing his cards quite yet.

The Steelers practice for the first time Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s opener, and when it came to reps with the running backs, Mike Tomlin gave everybody first-team reps – one at a time.

“Everybody is getting a rep and everybody is getting a look because you never know what’s going to happen,” Dwyer said. “(Runnng back) coach Kirby (Wilson) just wants everybody to get some reps.”

Dwyer confirmed that all the running backs were rotating in after one rep during team periods with the first team – Dwyer, Redman, Baron Batch, Mendenhall and Chris Rainey was the order.

“We all know what we are doing,” Dwyer said.

Does Dwyer read anything into being the first man in that rotation?

“Well, Isaac is still coming back from his situation,” Dwyer said. “He is looking pretty good. Everybody is looking good, everybody is ready. I am prepared to be the starter or the backup. Whatever they want me to do.”

Dwyer doesn’t know if he will start against the Broncos, but said he would be thrilled to get that opportunity.

“You wouldn’t be human if you weren’t excited,” Dwyer said.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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