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Steelers running back Isaac Redman will start tonight after missing last week's preseason game with a hip injury. (Photo: REUTERS)
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills face off tonight in week three of the NFL preseason. The game will be televised locally at 7 p.m. ET, and you can also watch a live stream online for free here.
The Steelers will welcome the return of two of their key starters from injury. Running back Isaac Redman rushed for just 14 yards on five carries before injuring his hip in the team's preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. He missed last week's contest against the Indianapolis Colts but will play extensively tonight, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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Backup Jonathan Dwyer did perform well against Indianapolis, carrying the ball eight times for 43 yards. But Redman's return is key, as he is expected to carry the load for Pittsburgh while last year's starter Rashard Mendenhall recovers from a torn ACL suffered in the team's regular-season finale last year.
Also returning from injury tonight is left tackle Max Starks. Like Mendenhall, he also tore his ACL late last season, specifically in the team's playoff loss to the Denver Broncos. The Steelers re-signed Starks last month and placed him on the Physically Unable to Perform List.
Starks, who has been the team's starting left tackle since 2008, came off the PUP list on August 14 and will likely see significant action tonight as well. If he performs well, he should hold off rookie Mike Adams for the starting job. Adams has struggled in the preseason, particularly in the team's opener against the Eagles, when he allowed two strip sacks.
The Bills' main storylines this week occurred on both sides of the trenches.
On Monday the squad released former Pro Bowl pass rusher Shawne Merriman. Merriman burst onto the scene in 2005 when he registered 10 sacks in 15 games. He followed that up with two more double-digit sack seasons, despite a four-game suspension in 2006 for steroid use.
But he has struggled with injuries since 2008, playing just 23 games and registering five sacks in that span. Merriman was relatively healthy this training camp, but the Bills felt they no longer needed his services. The team already has veteran defensive ends Mario Williams, Chris Kelsay, and Mark Anderson on its roster, along with promising youngsters like Kyle Moore.
On offense, the Bills also declared rookie Cordy Glenn the starter at right tackle. The line as a whole, including Glenn, has struggled throughout the preseason. However, Glenn did face excellent pass rushers, namely Washington's Brian Orakpo and Minnnesota's Jared Allen, over the past two games.
Pittsburgh will be missing linebacker James Harrison tonight as he continues to recover arthroscopic knee surgery. However, the Steelers front seven is still formidable and will provide a good test for Glenn and the rest of Bills' offensive line.