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Pittsburgh Steelers running back and former Pitt star LaRod Stephens-Howling out for season with torn ACL

Justin K. Aller

Many Pitt fans double as Steelers fans so this news likely doesn't come as any great shock. But still, I thought the fact that former Pitt back LaRod Stephens-Howling is out for the season was noteworthy. Stephens-Howling tore his ACL during the game with the Titans in his regular season Steelers debut no less.

Real bad luck here for LSH. I mentioned during his signing that the team could use him a good bit this year. He also had a nice debut against the Giants with the Steelers in the preseason. Without Rashard Mendenhall and a stable of other questionable backs behind injured projected starter, rookie Le'Veon Bell, Stephens-Howling looked like he could get quite a bit of time. That became especially true after the team released Jonathan Dwyer.

Unfortunately, though, LSH suffered a torn ACL and like two other players for the Steelers in the game (Maurkice Pouncey and Larry Foote), will miss the rest of the season. Stephens-Howling's injury led to Pittsburgh picking up Dwyer again and we'll have to see what it does to his career. He's still young enough that a comeback makes sense but, ugh.

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