As the NFL season kicks off Wednesday night in a NFC East battle between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, many Pittsburgh Steelers fans are solely concentrating on the season opener Sunday night for their home team. Unfortunately, for them, with only a few days remaining, there are still many unanswered questions for their Steelers.Isaac Redman (hip/ankle) missed practice and former starter Rashard Mendenhall was a full participant. For Mendenhall, this is an incredible recovery from an ACL injury suffered in the regular season finale.
While both practiced Wednesday, it was again a tale of two different directions. For Mendenhall, he was seen in action without a brace, and from reports looked sharp. Redman on the other hand was seen limping visibly on his banged up ankle. Of course, neither running back would open up on their availability for the opener, in what is becoming one of the hottest topics in Pittsburgh.
With these two backs, and a third Baron Batch (limited – groin) question marks, the Steelers may have to turn to their two top training camp performers against the Denver Broncos, Jonathan Dwyer and Chris Rainey. For Dwyer, it would be a full-circle moment, as he recovered from two previous subpar training camps, to create the look of a potential all-around threat out of the backfield.
At this point, fans should expect head coach Mike Tomlin to play this situation close to vest to create some unanswered questions for the Broncos during their preparations. Sure, fans will not like this approach and will debate it until kick off, but that is the NFL fans love and an approach that could eventually pay dividends on the scoreboard.
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