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34 LaRod Stephens-Howling RB
Height/Weight: 5-7/185 | Birthdate: 4/26/1987 | Birthplace: Johnstown, PA, USA | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Pittsburgh | NFL Experience: 6 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/1674147.png

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Steelers facing decisions on three running backs


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/9/2014) The Steelers will try to re-sign free agent running backs Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling but not Felix Jones, reports ESPN.com. Dwyer would be an ideal backup to Le'Veon Bell but might leave for a chance to play more, the report said.

Stephens-Howling must prove he's healthy following ACL surgery. If he's the only one who returns, the Steelers would seek to bolster the position through free agency or the draft, the report said.


Steelers place three players on IR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) The Steelers announced Monday they placed center Maurkice Pouncey (knee), linebacker Larry Foote (biceps) and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (knee) on injured reserve. All three players were injured Week 1 against the Titans.

Steelers' running back situation gaining clarity


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/2/2013) Isaac Redman was the Steelers' first-team running back Monday, an expected move considering the release of Jonathan Dwyer. Redman, who returned from a stinger to a full practice, will be backed up by Felix Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling.

Meanwhile, rookie running back Le'Veon Bell is aiming to return from his foot injury by Week 2 but is "not making promises."


One less in the battle: Jonathan Dwyer cut


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) One confusing backfield situation in the NFL might have just gotten a bit of clarity. In a surprising move, Pittsburgh has waived running back Jonathan Dwyer, according to Steelers Depot.

Dwyer appeared to be in the mix for extended playing time along with Isaac Redman, Felix Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling after rookie Le'Veon Bell sprained his foot. Bell was the projected starter, but he will likely be out through September. The strong performance by Jones at Carolina in the final preseason game might have put the former Dallas standout in the lead.

The 24-year-old Dwyer showed flashes of talent in 2012 by rushing for 624 yards and a 4.0 average while adding 18 receptions.

Even as a starter Isaac Redman not a great Fantasy choice


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/27/2013) Jonathan Dwyer has been an underachieving bull rusher with three career 100-yard games and under 60 yards rushing in the six other games has has double-digit carries in.

LaRod Stephens-Howling had a pair of 100-yard games last season with the Cardinals (20-plus carries in each) but has had only six career games with double-digit carries over four years and been below 60 rush yards in three of them. He's considered more of a passing-downs back.  

Le'Veon Bell is trying to salvage his foot after spraining it during the preseason and shouldn't be on the field until after the Steelers' Week 5 bye. Felix Jones is just hoping to make a roster. 

So you shouldn't be so surprised that the Steelers are turning to Isaac Redman to be their starter, even if he's going to miss all but two carries this preseason with a stinger. 

Over his last two seasons Redman has posted 889 yards on 220 carries (4.04 avg.) with five scores, adding 37 catches for 322 yards (8.7 avg.). It's not much to hang your hat on but at least he has some experience and enough versatility that none of the Steelers' healthy backs can provide. Plus it's not like Redman will be the only rusher -- Dwyer and others will definitely pitch in. 

Redman's good enough to draft to a bench to begin the season. Pittsburgh does not have a friendly schedule for its runners to begin the year (Tennessee, at Cincinnati, Chicago and at Minnesota) so it won't be easy for Redman. But the late-round price tag isn't so bad. 


Steelers acquire Felix Jones from Eagles


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/23/2013) Mired in a running back mess, the Steelers have traded linebacker Adrian Robinson to the Eagles for running back Felix Jones according to ESPN

Jones was signed by the Eagles this offseason to provide depth at running back but fell to fourth on their depth chart. The Steelers are in need of bodies following a foot injury to rookie starter Le'Veon Bell

Jones had some decent games with the Cowboys and averaged at least 4.3 yards per carry until last year when he dipped to 3.6. While his overall numbers are impressive, he spent 2012 battling for reps and had just 664 total yards -- but five touchdowns -- over 16 games with Dallas. 

Jones will battle for a spot on the running back depth chart with LaRod Stephens-Howling, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Baron Batch


Le'Veon Bell has mid-foot sprain, MRI coming


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/20/2013) Steelers rookie rusher Le'Veon Bell left the team's preseason game at Washington with a right mid-foot sprain and will have an MRI on Tuesday according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. As Adam Schefter of ESPN pointed out, sometimes these types of foot sprains are Lisfranc injuries that require significant surgery and rehabilitation.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wouldn't "bank on" Bell being the feature back following the injury. 

Bell figured to be the primary rusher for the Steelers this season but was first limited by what is believed to be a knee sprain. A more serious injury could knock off games from his rookie year. 

If Bell were to miss time the Steelers would likely roll with a committee of backs. Jonathan Dwyer could be an early-downs candidate while Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling battle for passing downs work.

Dwyer had 68 yards on 14 carries and two grabs for 12 yards on Monday night. 


Steelers want featured back


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/8/2013) Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson wants one guy to shoulder the load this year instead of a committee approach, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The thought is rookie Le'Veon Bell will be that guy even though Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling are expected to have a role.

"You would love to have a back who can play first down through third down," Wilson said. "That’s always the best. Now, you have players who can spell a starter, then you have situational players that have strengths in other areas, put for the most part you always want a guy who is there first through third."


Le'Veon Bell headed for three-down role?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/23/2013) Le'Veon Bell has the college tape to prove he can handle first and second downs without a problem. Third downs? He should be capable according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, who says Bell has a clear path to a huge amount of playing time with the Steelers if he can put together a good training camp. Bell has shown an ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and is improving as a pass blocker, giving him a chance for that third-down work.

Isaac Redman, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Jonathan Dwyer will compete with Bell for playing time with Redman the only serious competition according to the paper.