The Pittsburgh Steelers will play very shorthanded when they host the Tennessee Titans this Sunday, Oct. 9. According to ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton, the Steelers have ruled out six players: defensive linemen Casey Hampton (shoulder) and Aaron Smith (foot); linebackers James Harrison (eye) and Jason Worilds (quadriceps); guard Chris Kemoeatu (knee); and running back Mewelde Moore (ankle).
Further, the Steelers limited running back Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) in Friday's practice; they'll determine his availability at game-time. Mendenhall leads Pittsburgh in carries (58) and rushing touchdowns (two). Rookie cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle), who hasn't played since Sept. 18, is also questionable.
If Mendenhall is unavailable, many of his duties would fall to Isaac Redman. In addition to scoring his first career rushing touchdown this season, the three-year veteran is averaging a career-best 4.9 yards per carry. Whether he can handle an increased workload is unclear, as Redman has never attempted more than 10 carries in any game of his young career.