Steelers sign Redman to practice squad

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Rookie running back Isaac Redman cleared waivers and the Steelers signed him this afternoon to their eight-man practice squad.

Redman was the surprised hit of the preseason. He led the Steelers in scoring with three rushing touchdowns and also with 145 yards rushing. In nine chances over two live goal-line drills in training camp practices, he scored seven times.

He quickly picked up the nickname "Redzone" Redman but when the Steelers kept just four running backs, down one from last season, Redman was released on Saturday.

No one else claimed him and he joined seven others on their practice squad.

Among others on their practice squad are rookie center A.Q. Shipley, a seventh-round draft pick of the Steelers, rookie defensive tackle Steve McLendon, running back Justin Vincent, tight end Dezmond Sherrod and rookie wide receiver Tyler Grisham.

The Steelers today added a seventh player to that list when they signed linebacker Donovan Woods, whom they waived on Saturday.

Woods played in five regular-season games last season but ended the year with the practice squad.

For now, the Steelers will save an open spot on their eight-man practice squad.

Defensive end Sonny Harris, the Steelers' sixth-round draft pick, was poised to sign to their practice squad when he was told the Carolina Panthers had claimed him off waivers. He said goodbye to his former teammates in the locker room.

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