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Isaac Redman retires from NFL

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Isaac Redman announced his retirement from the NFL.
Isaac Redman announced his retirement from the NFL. (USATSI)

Lots of news about Steelers running backs and ex-Steelers running backs this week. While the issues facing Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount are problematic, the news about Isaac Redman is just plain sad.

Redman announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 29 after finding himself unable to "play through a neck injury."

"To those who are wondering why I am not playing anymore," Redman said in a statement attached to a tweet. "Last season I tried my best to play through a neck injury but I just wasn't myself on the field. After being released I went [to] Cali to see Dr. Watkins (doctor who did [Peyton] Manning's neck surgery) after 2 MRI's and a (CAT) scan he then told me I had suffered a career ending injury to my spinal cord.

"Various teams have called but as you can see I was unable to go. I would like to thank all my fans for the tremendous support throughout my career."

Redman played five years for the Steelers from 2009 through 2013, totaling 283 carries, 1,148 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in his career. He also caught 50 passes for 408 yards and a pair of scores.

He was the Steelers Week 1 starter in 2013, endured some drama about playing through a concussion he claims he suffered in Week 2 and eventually cut by the Steelers after just four games last year.

It's a shame he has to leave the game he loves, but it's also good he's at least walking away before anything truly scary happened.

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