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Former Steelers RB Isaac Redman retires due to injury

Running back has spinal cord injury Aaron Wilson

Print This August 22, 2014, 12:17 PM EST

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman has retired from the NFL because of a major spinal cord injury.

Redman announced it on his official Twittter account, writing: "Why I'm not in the NFL? To those who are wondering why I am not playing anymore. Last season, I tried my best to play through a neck injury, but I just wasn't myself on the field."

Redman was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins in California, who did Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's surgery. After undergoing two magnetic resonance imaging exams and a CAT scan, the doctor informed Redman that he "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 their tremendous support throughout my career."

After going undrafted in 2009 out of Division II Bowie State, Redman built a respectable career with the Steelers. In five seasons, Redman rushed for 1,148 yards and five touchdowns on 282 career carries.

Redman was released by the Steelers last year after suffering a concussion in the second game of the regular season.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

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