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Redman leads Steelers past Cardinals, 20-10

PITTSBURGH — Isaac Redman, an undrafted rookie from Bowie State playing long after the starters for both Super Bowl teams left the field, scored twice in the fourth quarter and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-10 in a preseason opener Thursday night.

Neither team scored a touchdown until rookie Joe Burnett intercepted a pass by third-teamer Brian St. Pierre, a former Steelers backup, and returned it to the Arizona 3 to end the third quarter. Redman scored on the next play, and scored on a 5-yard run about 7 minutes later to end an 80-yard drive led by No. 3 quarterback Dennis Dixon.

Redman, a power back who hasn't hesitated to take on some of the Super Bowl champion's best linebackers in blocking drills, is listed as the No. 7 running back, yet he also scored twice in goal-line situations during the team's only game-like night practice of training camp last Friday.

Arizona came back for its only score on fourth-string quarterback Tyler Palko's 20-yard pass to Onrea Jones with 3:30 remaining. Palko, a three-year Pitt starter, completed his first five passes for 59 yards but was intercepted on his next series and Steelers rookie Piotr Czech kicked a 44-yard field goal.

Quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner each played two series — make that 1 for Warner — and neither produced a point before the backups took over in the second quarter. Warner went 6 for 10 for 53 yards and Roethlisberger was 4 of 6 for 33 yards, and neither looked very rusty.

The Steelers didn't cross midfield with Roethlisberger in the game, but he completed throws to Hines Ward and Limas Sweed for first downs. Warner was pulled during the middle of a drive early in the second quarter after the Cardinals moved from their own 21 to the Pittsburgh 46. The drive stalled after Matt Leinart took over, even with backup Steelers defenders on the field, and Arizona punted.

Sweed, trying to win the No. 3 receiver's job vacated by Nate Washington, later hooked up with backup quarterback Charlie Batch on a 45-yard pass play to the Cardinals 39 that led to Jeff Reed's 50-yard field goal. Sweed made two catches for 56 yards in his first game at Heinz Field since dropping an apparent TD pass in the AFC championship game against Baltimore.

Santonio Holmes, the Super Bowl MVP after catching Roethlisberger's game-winning TD pass in the final minute of the 27-23 win over Arizona on Feb. 1, caught one pass in brief playing time. So did former Pitt star Larry Fitzgerald, whose two second-half TD catches in Tampa nearly rallied the Cardinals to a Super Bowl upset.

Batch played briefly, going 1 of 2 for 45 yards, and probably was glad he did. He broke his collarbone in the exhibition opener against Philadelphia last season and missed the season.

Leinart, going 8 of 14 for 3 yards, appeared to be intercepted on a third-and-3 throw from his own 49 late in the half, but Anthony Madison was called for pass interception and Neil Rackers kicked a 29-yard field goal.

Predictably, both teams played backups, rookies and free agents as they used the second half to sort out their currently full rosters.

Arizona first-round draft pick Beanie Wells sat out with a sprained ankle, but Tim Hightower carried four times for 24 yards against what was the NFL's No. 1 defense the last two seasons.