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Steelers notebook: RB Redman finds yardage despite lack of starts

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 10:22 p.m.

Isaac Redman is the 26th player in Steelers history to rush for at least 1,000 yards with the team, and he has made only five starts.

The only running back to reach 1,000 in fewer starts is Richard Huntley, who made three starts and rushed for 1,024 yards from 1998-2000.

Redman had his first regular-season 100-yard game when he ran for 147 against the Giants on Sunday. He rushed for 121 yards in last season's wild-card loss at Denver.

• The Steelers have the second-easiest schedule the rest of the season, according to analysis website Only one opponent, Baltimore, currently has a winning record. They also play Cleveland twice, Cincinnati, San Diego, Dallas and Kansas City. The Cowboys' schedule is the NFL's easiest; the Colts' is the hardest. The Ravens' schedule is the fifth most difficult.

Ben Roethlisberger was sacked four times by the Giants, or as many times as he went down in the previous three games combined. He is on pace to be sacked 34 times, which would be the fewest he's had in any full season by far. “I think the line has been playing great. I think the offense is just calling short pass plays and you could, in turn, say that I'm getting the ball out of my hands,” he said. “Guys are getting open in shorter routes because that's what we're doing and we're not taking quite as many shots deep down the field. It's a combination of all those things.”

Will Allen, singled out by coach Mike Tomlin for playing well during safety Troy Polamalu's absence, isn't looking over his shoulder. The Steelers are hoping Polamalu can resume practicing as early as next week. “He's in the meetings but he's also rehabbing and getting ready to go because we're going to need him down the stretch,” Allen said. “We've got a lot of games left to play and he's getting ready.” Polamalu (calf) has played in only one full game.

• Wide receiver Antonio Brown (high ankle sprain) missed practice Thursday, as did linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring) and Polamalu. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and running back Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) worked on a limited basis, but neither will play against Kansas City. Running backs Chris Rainey (rib) and Jonathan Dwyer (quadriceps) were full participants. Because the Steelers don't play until Monday, they will have short practices Friday and Saturday.

— Alan Robinson

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