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Issac Redman: Clock Killer?

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Apparently, someone among the Steelers brass instructed second-string running back Issac Redman to get ready for a heavier workload. Redman, who's received most of his opportunities this season (21 rushes, 89 yards) in short-yardage situations, could be used more extensively to protect Pittsburgh leads from here on out.

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This is great news for breakout rusher Rashard Mendenhall (99 ypg), who is currently on pace for over 370 carries, a number that has typically spelled doom for the welfare of some of the league's most decorated running backs. Granted, the list of runners who've been leaned on this hard is pretty short - so the sample size for the "Curse of 370" is pretty weak - but feeding Redman in games that are more or less decided is a smart move, regardless.

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No use risking injury to Mendenhall, who (pardon the pun) carried the offense in Ben Roethlisberger's absence.

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