Steelers chairman Dan Rooney with Isaac Redman at training camp in Latrobe in August.
By: Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Isaac Redman, who began the season as the Steelers' starting halfback, was released today by the team.
The Steelers re-signed linebacker Kion Wilson from their practice squad. Wilson made the team at the start of the season but was released Oct. 9 to make room for linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, who was re-signed after being cut in the preseason.
Redman was the team's highest-paid running back. He was tendered a $1.3 million one-year contract as a restricted free agent.
So too was another halfback, Jonathan Dwyer, but the Steelers released him before the season and re-signed him after the first game, saving them roughly half his salary.
With rookie Le'Veon Bell out with a sprained foot, Redman started the opener against Tennessee and gained just nine yards on eight carries. He was supposed to start the second game at Cincinnati but suffered a blow to the head on the opening kickoff and Felix Jones started instead.
Redman returned to play in that game, but later told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he suffered a concussion. "I was pretty much out of it the rest of the game. I just tried to go back in." He said he told the team's medical staff he was OK to play.
The Steelers made Redman a healthy inactive for the past three games.
Redman came out of nowhere to make the Steelers practice squad in 2009 from tiny Bowie State College after he kept scoring in live, goalline drills and short-yardage plays in training camp, picking up the nickname "Red Zone" in doing so.
In the past two years, he rushed for 889 yards. His best game came against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants in New York last Nov. 4 when he rushed for 147 yards and scored the winning touchdown with four minutes left.
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