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The Pittsburgh Steelers rushed a mere 15 times for 32 yards in their season-opening, 16-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Supposed starting running back Isaac Redman had nine yards on his eight carries and the run game proved so worthless that after 10 first-half rushes, the Steelers took to the ground just five times in the second half.
The run game suffered additional blows with the ACL and MCL tears to center Maurkice Pouncey, via Scott Brown of ESPN, and the ACL tear suffered by backup rusher LaRod Stephens-Howling, via John Breech of CBS Sports.
None of this is good, but the Steelers cannot simply sit back and forget about running the ball. With Le'Veon Bell an unknown number of days or weeks away from returning (he's targeting next Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals), Redman clearly not effective and Stephens-Howling done, the Steelers needed to make a roster addition.
They didn't have to look far to find him, with the team set to bring back Jonathan Dwyer, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, whom they released in final roster cuts just over a week ago.