Tomlin, Steelers Talk RB Situation

By Amy Gill

Published 08/17 2013 11:09PM

Updated 08/17 2013 11:46PM

LATROBE - As far as the Steelers’ run game is concerned for Monday night's preseason matchup against the Redskins, Coach Mike Tomlin says they will go through the depth chart, and play the backs that are healthy.
"We'll continue to look at our starters a little bit more than we did last time,” says Coach Mike Tomlin.  “We'll, of course, rotate in from there."
The Steelers’ depth chart lists Isaac Redman at #1.  The veteran suffered a stinger earlier this week.  Redman practiced Saturday, but he's not completely sure he will play on Monday.
"I feel good,” says Redman.  “I feel a lot better.  It's getting better every day. So just as long as I don't have any setbacks, I'll be okay."
Rookie Le'Veon Bell, 2nd on the chart, practiced Saturday as well.  The Michigan State grad will look to make his Steeler debut Monday after being held out last weekend with a sore knee.
Jonathan Dwyer is listed as the third back on the depth chart.  The veteran says he’s happy for the competition he's had this preseason.
"Competition brings the best out of everybody,” says Dwyer.  “I'm most definitely excited about [the competition in training camp] and glad we had it."
"He’s a guy that's pushing to play and not taking a backseat to anyone,” says Tomlin.  “I like that about his demeanor."
Johnstown native LaRod Stephens-Howling carried the ball for 40 yards against the New York Giants.  Tomlin says the Pitt grad will have a bigger return game role against Washington.  Stephens-Howling is okay with that.
"Every game is an opportunity to get on film and you just have to put [the highlights] together,” says Stephens-Howling.  “One preseason game is good to start out with.  But you have to put them together and be consistent, so I'm looking for consistency in my game."
Stephens-Howling did not participate in drills on Saturday and had a sleeve on his knee.

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