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La'Rod Stephens-Howling | Running Back | #34

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 185
College: Pittsburgh
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 7 (240) / ARZ
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The Vikings have expressed interest in free agent RB/KR LaRod Stephens-Howling.
With Toby Gerhart gone, the Vikings are looking to add depth behind Adrian Peterson. Stephens-Howling shouldn't require more than a veteran minimum deal coming off ACL surgery, and could be a fit on special teams and in a third-down role. Matt Asiata, Bradley Randle and Joe Banyard are the only running backs on the Vikings roster behind Peterson. Sat, Mar 22, 2014 02:24:00 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown expects the team to re-sign free agent RB/KR LaRod Stephens-Howling.

"Hyphen" missed nearly the entire season due to ACL surgery, but is five months removed and could be ready for training camp. The Steelers currently have no tailbacks on their roster behind Le'Veon Bell, with Stephens-Howling, Jonathan Dwyer, and Felix Jones all free agents. Stephens-Howling would be strictly a depth signing and will only require a non-guaranteed minimum contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 02:17:00 PM

Steelers placed RB/KR La'Rod Stephens-Howling on injured reserve with a torn right ACL, ending his season.

It's an ill-timed injury for "Hyphen," who was primed to see major time on returns and as the Steelers' scatback. Now his career could be in doubt as he goes on 28. A pint-sized 5-foot-7, 185 pounds, LSH can't afford to lose any explosiveness. Signed to a one-year, $780,000 deal, LSH won't land any guaranteed money in free agency.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 04:51:00 PM

Steelers RB/KR La'Rod Stephens-Howling is out for the season with a torn right ACL.

Not only did Pittsburgh lose its home opener to the Titans, the Steelers lost C Maurkice Pouncey, ILB Larry Foote, and Stephens-Howling to year-ending injuries. A somewhat dynamic scatback and Pro Bowl-caliber return specialist, Stephens-Howling's loss will be felt more in real life than fantasy. But it's a big blow. Look for the Steelers to continue to lean on Isaac Redman and Felix Jones in the backfield until Le'Veon Bell (foot) returns. They may consider re-signing Baron Batch or Jonathan Dwyer, though it's also possible the Steelers turned the page on Dwyer for good at final cuts.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 09:50:00 PM

La'Rod Stephens-Howling left Sunday's Week 1 game against the Titans in the third quarter with a knee injury and will not return.

It's a tough blow for Stephens-Howling because he was operating as the feature back in the second half. Isaac Redman and Felix Jones had both been benched for ineffectiveness. LSH finishes with six carries for 19 yards and two catches for 11 yards. The severity of his knee injury is unknown, but there's a decent chance the Steelers are leaning heavily on Le'Veon Bell by the time Stephens-Howling gets back.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 03:14:00 PM

The Steelers' website expects a "division of labor" in the running game until Le'Veon Bell (foot) returns.

Beat writer Bob Labriola expects Isaac Redman and Felix Jones to "share the bulk of the carries from scrimmage," while La'Rod Stephens-Howling plays on obvious passing downs and is used some as a ball carrier in space. It'll be a value-draining fantasy situation, to be sure. Look for the Steelers to throw more early in the season as their best way to generate ball movement.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 12:46:00 PM

Steelers RB La'Rod Stephens-Howling may miss the rest of the preseason with a "mild" MCL sprain.

This explains the acquisition of Felix Jones, who still may be no more than a camp body until September's final cuts. Stephens-Howling does seem likely to be back for Week 1. He's a scatback, third-down specialist, and return man.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 04:27:00 PM

La'Rod Stephens-Howling had seven carries for 40 yards in Saturday night's loss to the Giants.

With Le'Veon Bell inactive, Stephens-Howling saw playing time with the first team offense and was used in a committee with Isaac Redman. He managed a pair of long runs in the Steelers' no-huddle offense and averaged 5.7 yards-per-carry. Because of his special teams value, Stephens-Howling is a strong candidate for the 53-man roster.
Sat, Aug 10, 2013 10:03:00 PM

Steelers signed RB/KR La'Rod Stephens-Howling to a one-year contract.

The move may spell the end of Baron Batch's Pittsburgh tenure. Stephens-Howling, better known as "Hyphen," is an explosive kickoff returner with some third-down tools. He's a 5-foot-7, 185-pound scatback. Stephens-Howling has averaged 3.56 YPC on 183 career rushing attempts and caught 56 passes across four seasons. He should make the roster as a core special teamer.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 04:44:00 PM

Free agent RB La'Rod Stephens-Howling is visiting the Steelers Wednesday.

The Steelers currently only have plodders (Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Baron Batch) in their backfield. The 5'7/185 Stephens-Howling could fill a scatback role and pitch in on kick returns. "Hyphen" is from Johnstown, Pa. and played his college ball at Pitt.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 09:03:00 AM

The Cardinals made free agent RB La'Rod Stephens-Howling an offer last week, but it reportedly "wasn't close" to what he was seeking.

Looks like he's overrating his market. At 5'7/185, "Hyphen" just a luxury third-down back and return man for a creative NFL team. At this point, the Arizona Republic does not expect LSH back with the Cardinals. They appear prepared to roll with Ryan Williams plus a back they add via free agency or the draft.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 06:00:00 PM

AzCardinals.com says there has been "zero talk" about the Cardinals re-signing free agent La'Rod Stephens-Howling.

The Cardinals are cleaning house at running back, and only Ryan Williams, William Powell, and Alfonso Smith are under contract after Beanie Wells' release. Arizona is expected to go hard after Reggie Bush once free agency opens on Tuesday. Stephens-Howling's agent hasn't had any contact with the club.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 05:56:00 PM

MLive.com says to "keep your eye on" free agent RBs La'Rod Stephens-Howling, Danny Woodhead, and Felix Jones for the Lions.

All three would be fallback plans if the Lions swing and miss on Reggie Bush. Stephens-Howling is a scatback with special teams value, and he would be a cheap alternative. Woodhead is likely looking to re-up in New England. Jones is injury prone but has a strong career yards-per-carry average.
Source: MLive.com
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 01:15:00 PM

Free agent RB La'Rod Stephens-Howling's agent said the last time he talked to the team, Rod Graves was GM.

Graves was relieved of his GM duties nearly two months ago, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that the new regime hasn't reached out to Stephens-Howling's camp. While "Hyphen" is expected to re-sign with Arizona, this news certainly places his future with the team in question.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 11:34:00 AM

New Cardinals coach Bruce Arians doesn't plan to heavily utilize his running backs as pass catchers.

"They are back there because they are runners and pass protectors," Arians said. "Will we throw to the backs? Yeah. But the receivers are the ones paid to catch it." How the Cardinals' running back corps will look in 2013 remains a mystery, but this is something to file away if you're a La'Rod Stephens-Howling owner in a Dynasty league. A free agent, "Hyphen" is expected to re-up in Arizona.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 05:34:00 PM

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