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current status: Unrestricted free agent
#34 RB | 5'7", 185 lbs. | No team
Birth Date:April 26, 1987 (27 years old) Place of Birth:Johnstown, PA Hometown:Johnstown, PA College:Pittsburgh
Drafted:Drafted by Arizona in 2009 (7/240).
Drafted:Drafted by Arizona in 2009 (7/240).
|Assets:||Quick, elusive, and perseverant with the ball in his hands. Explosive in the open field and is a regular threat to go all the way when he gets open (making him especially effective in the return game). Can catch the ball well out of the backfield. A good gunner on return coverage.|
|Flaws:||Very undersized, in both height and bulk. Not a consistent yard-gainer as a featured back, as he significantly lacks power and punch for running up the middle and too often tries to get outside.|
|Career Potential:||Quality return man & inconsistent tailback.|
Movements & Injuries
|3/11/2014||Declared free agent.|
|9/09/2013||Right knee injury, injured reserve.|
|4/26/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers to a one-year contract.|
|4/16/2012||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals to a one-year contract.|
|3/09/2012||Contract tendered by the Arizona Cardinals.|
|6/10/2009||Signed by the Arizona Cardinals to a three-year contract.|
|4/26/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers.|
|4/26/2009||Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 7th round (240th overall) in 2009.|
Vikings interested in LaRod Stephens-Howling | 03/22/2014 2:24 PM
NewsThe Vikings have expressed interest in free agent RB/KR LaRod Stephens-Howling.
ImpactWith 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.
Steelers could re-sign RB Stephens-Howling | 02/08/2014 2:17 PM
NewsESPN.com's Scott Brown expects the Steelers to re-sign free agent RB/KR LaRod Stephens-Howling.
ImpactStephens-Howling missed nearly the entire season due to ACL surgery, but is five months removed from the injury and could be ready for the start of training camp. The Steelers don't currently have any running backs 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 if brought back and will only require a non-guaranteed, veteran minimum contract.
Stephens-Howling officially lands on I.R. | 09/09/2013 4:51 PM
NewsSteelers placed RB/KR La'Rod Stephens-Howling on injured reserve with a torn right ACL, ending his season.
Steelers RB/KR Stephens-Howling tears ACL | 09/08/2013 9:50 PM
NewsSteelers RB/KR La'Rod Stephens-Howling is out for the season with a torn ACL.
Mike Garafolo on Twitter
ImpactNot 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.
La'Rod Stephens-Howling done for day | 09/08/2013 3:14 PM
NewsLa'Rod Stephens-Howling left Sunday's Week 1 game against the Titans in the third quarter with a knee injury and will not return.
ImpactIt'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.
Steelers backfield to be 'division of labor' | 09/01/2013 12:46 PM
NewsThe Steelers' website expects a "division of labor" in the running game until Le'Veon Bell (foot) returns.
ImpactBeat 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.
Stephens-Howling may be done for preseason | 08/23/2013 4:27 PM
NewsSteelers RB La'Rod Stephens-Howling may miss the rest of the preseason with a "mild" MCL sprain.
ImpactThis 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.
Stephens-Howling goes off for 40 yards | 08/10/2013 10:03 PM
NewsLa'Rod Stephens-Howling had seven carries for 40 yards in Saturday night's preseason game.
ImpactWith 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.
Steelers sign scatback/KR Stephens-Howling | 04/26/2013 4:44 PM
NewsSteelers signed RB/KR La'Rod Stephens-Howling to a one-year contract.
Jason La Canfora on Twitter
Stephens-Howling visiting Steelers Wednesday | 04/03/2013 9:03 AM
NewsFree agent RB La'Rod Stephens-Howling is visiting the Steelers Wednesday.
Ed Bouchette on Twitter
ImpactThe Steelers currently only have plodders (Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Baron Batch) in the 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.
Cardinals won't be bringing back LSH | 03/11/2013 6:00 PM
NewsThe Cardinals made free agent RB La'Rod Stephens-Howling an offer last week, but it reportedly "wasn't close" to what he was seeking.
ImpactStephens-Howling may be overrating his potential market. At 5'7/185, he's 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.
Lions interested in three backup backs | 03/10/2013 1:15 PM
NewsMLive.com says to "keep your eye on" free agent RBs La'Rod Stephens-Howling, Danny Woodhead, and Felix Jones for the Lions.
ImpactAll three players would be fallback plans if the Lions swing and miss on Reggie Bush or if Bush's salary demands prove to be too high. Stephens-Howling showed in 2012 he can carry some of the load, and he would be a nice, cheap alternative. Woodhead is likely looking to re-up in New England, while Jones is too injury-prone for the Lions' tastes.
No talks between Arizona and Stephens-Howling | 02/23/2013 12:34 PM
NewsThe agent for unrestricted free agent RB La'Rod Stephens-Howling saids last time he talked to team, Rod Graves was GM.
Ken Somers on Twitter
ImpactGraves 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.
Arians won't feature RBs as pass catchers | 02/19/2013 6:34 PM
NewsNew Cardinals coach Bruce Arians doesn't plan to heavily utilize his running backs as pass catchers.
Impact"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.
Cards could have interest in re-signing LSH | 02/18/2013 7:33 PM
NewsAzCardinals.com thinks La'Rod Stephens-Howling is near the top of the list of the team's own free agents they'd like to re-sign.
ImpactBeat writer Darren Urban names Stephens-Howling and CB Greg Toler as the team's key free agents, and he notes that the old regime was interested in re-signing the diminutive back. "Hyphen" started five games at running back last season, and he didn't make a fool of himself, as he rushed for 356 yards and four touchdowns behind an abysmal offensive line.
Career Regular Season Statistics
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Rushing Yards||356||2012 (Ari)|
|Average (Yds/Carries)||3.2||2012 (Ari)|
|Rushing TD||4||2012 (Ari)|
|Receiving Yards||234||2011 (Ari)|
|Average (Yds/Rec)||18.0*||2011 (Ari)|
|Receiving TD||2||2011 (Ari)|
|Total Yards||462||2012 (Ari)|
|Total TD||4||2012 (Ari)|