Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman hasn't practiced much since suffering a groin injury during a preseason game Aug. 9. He tried to give it a go Wednesday but was then halted by hip pain. So the team scheduled an MRI to find out the extent of the damage to Redman's body. The public doesn't know the specific results of the MRI, but at least it sounds like it didn't go badly.
All Redman would tell Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review was "It went well." Redman also said he plans to be back on the field Monday.
No news is better than bad news, right? Redman will miss Sunday's game versus Indianapolis. The hip and groin are a concern, and I guess we'll have to wait/hope for the team to give us a more definitive explanation. But if healthy, I like Redman in drafts. He's a three-down back who is the No. 22 RB off the board right now, according to FFToolbox's ADP chart.
Yes, his role may all but evaporate halfway through the season when Rashard Mendenhall comes back from his ACL tear, and we don't know quite how Jonathan Dwyer will factor into this backfield. But Redman looks like a sure-fire starter right now who is going to stay on the field for all downs, and you're able to draft him in the sixth round.
So much can happen between now and the midway point of the season -- maybe Mendenhall never fully recovers this year; maybe Dwyer and Chris Rainey are simply used to give Redman a breather; other running backs break out/get hurt to turn the state of the position upside down in fantasy. Take Redman as he is now, worry about everything else later. If everything goes as planned for the Steelers, wring as many points out of Redman as you can, then deal him to some unsuspecting owner shortly before Mendenhall is activated.
I like Isaac Redman. And I reserve the right to change my tune if what's going on in with his groin muscle and hip turns out to be more debilitating than Redman is letting on.