Steelers notebook: Team waives Redman; Wilson returns
Isaac Redman, the former starting running back whose playing time dwindled after he lost a key fumble in the 16-9 loss to Tennessee on Sept. 8, was waived Monday.
Inside linebacker Kion Wilson, released Oct. 9, returned to the 53-man roster.
Redman, who signed a $1.3 million tender in April, ran for only 12 yards on 10 carries. He didn't dress in the past three games after starter Le'Veon Bell returned from a mid-foot sprain. The Steelers initially kept Redman rather than 2012 rushing leader Jonathan Dwyer but brought back Dwyer after Redman ran ineffectively in the first two games.
Wilson started two games after Larry Foote was lost to a season-ending biceps injury only to lose his starting job to rookie Vince Williams.
• The Steelers offensive line shined Sunday with the five linemen who played a majority of the game all grading out above average — the first time that's happened all season in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Guy Whimper, who took over at right tackle for the injured Marcus Gilbert, had a 2.6 rating, and right guardDavid DeCastro had a team-high 3.6. By comparison, Mike Adams had a minus-4.1 rating while allowing 3.5 sacks against the Vikings. Adams, used mostly as an oversized tight end Sunday, graded out at 1.2. The best grade on defense was earned by cornerback William Gay (2.1).
• Ben Roethlisberger is the NFL's fourth-most disliked player, according to a poll of 1,100 fans surveyed by E-Poll Marketing Research for Forbes. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick topped the list, followed by Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o, the Lions' much-fined Ndamukong Suh, Roethlisberger and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Roethlisberger had several off-field incidents several years ago that, according to various polls, reduced his nationwide popularity.
• Offensive lineman Guy Whimper remained patient while waiting for an opportunity to play, even as the offensive line fought injuries. “I prepare every week like I'm going to start, and that's the best way to put yourself in position to play,” he said.
• The Steelers' defense is getting better now that it's finally adjusting to the season-ending injury loss of inside linebacker Larry Foote, according to safety Ryan Clark. Kion Wilson initially replaced Foote, but rookie Vince Williams has since settled into the job. “We're getting more comfortable playing without Larry,” Clark said. “We didn't talk about it, but you lose a leader, a play-caller, it's difficult. But now things are jelling a bit.”
• Dick LeBeau's defense is gradually moving up the rankings and is No. 6 overall, ranking fourth against the pass and 18th against the run. The offense remains in the lower third at No. 22 and is 27th in rushing despite Bell's 93 yards Sunday.
• The defense held the Ravens to a single touchdown Sunday but had only one sack and, for the fifth time in six games, did not force a turnover. The Steelers have only two takeaways, two fewer than any other team, and 17 fewer than the unbeaten Chiefs.
• Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the former Jeannette High and Ohio State star, has five TD passes, five interceptions and an 84.8 passer rating. Roethlisberger's is 90.7. Among QBs with a lower passer rating than Pryor are Robert Griffin III, Tom Brady and Eli Manning.
• LaMarr Woodley on returning to Oakland, where the Steelers blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before losing 34-31 last season: “It's not the same Pittsburgh Steelers team that went out there last year, it's a new team. There's going to be some different things. We have to go out there and continue to play the way we've been playing.”