Report: Steelers’ LaRod Stephens-Howling done for season with ACL injury

9/9/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe aftermath of the 16-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field will surely haunt the Pittsburg Steelers for the rest of the season. Not only did the Steelers lose the opening series on Sunday, but the team also likely lost their third player for the season after running back LaRod Stephens-Howling tore his ACL, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.
 
The Steelers were already without starting Center Maurkice Pouncey and starting Larry Foote leading into the second-half.
 
Pouncey was injured on the Steelers’ first drive of the game after getting cut from behind by teammate David DeCastro. He tore both his ACL as well as MCL injuries. From there onwards, the Steelers’ offense went downhill, as they their running backs gained only 32 yards while the team combined 194 yards (passing and rushing) for the entire game. The Steelers offense was shut down until two minutes remaining in the game.
 
Foote also ruptured his biceps in the in the first-half. Both Pouncey and Foote’s injuries are considered season-ending and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin added that they will need to undergo surgeries to repair the damage to the knee and biceps, respectively. But now the injuries have also hit the Steelers’ backfield.
 
The fourth-year pro Stephens-Howling suffered the ACL injury to his right knee after catching a 7-yard pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Stephens-Howling initially appeared to be able to get off the field under his own power, but eventually fell and needed help to from trainers. Before exiting the game,   Stephens-Howling ran six times for 19 yards, to still finish as the Steelers’ leading rusher on Sunday.
 
The Steelers were expecting Stephens-Howling to play a bigger role on their offense – after spending his first four NFL seasons in Arizona – especially on the special teams as their primary kick returner. The Steelers are already missing second-round pick Le’Veon Bell, who was inactive against the Titans with a mild foot sprain but should be back within the next few weeks. So now with Stephens-Howling also out, the Steelers have just two healthy running backs – Felix Jones and Isaac Redman on their roster. Jones, who joined the Steelers this offseason after spending his first-five NFL seasons in Dallas, replaced Stephens-Howling after he was injured in Sunday’s game.
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