Steelers' Redman and Bell starting Monday night not ruled out


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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said this morning he has not yet ruled out injured running backs Isaac Redman and Le'Veon Bell for the second preseason game Monday night in Washington.

Both players, who are listed as co-starters this week, were injured during practice Thursday. Bell, a rookie out of Michigan State, aggravated a bruise on his left knee. Redman sustained a stinger. Both were limited participants in practice Friday.

If Redman and Bell do not play, Jonathan Dwyer, the team's leading rusher last season, would start and get most of the carries.

Tomlin also said he would like to see his players perform better on special teams against the Redskins than they did in the preseason opener against the Giants when a punt was blocked and David Gilreath fumbled a punt return. Tomlin said LaRod Stephens-Howling will get a chance to return kickoffs and rookie third-round pick Markus Wheaton will get a chance to return punts.

The Steelers will hold one final training camp practice that is open to the public at 3 p.m. today.

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Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rayfitt1. First Published August 17, 2013 3:45 PM


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