The Pittsburgh Steelers backfield has been hit hard with injuries, so it is beginning to make more sense why the team traded for Philadelphia Eagles fourth-string running back Felix Jones early Friday afternoon. We have all heard about the injury to Steelers second-round pick Le’Veon Bell, who could miss the first few weeks of the season, but the injury concerns run much deeper.
Free agent signing LaRod Stephens-Howling was expected to be the team’s change of pace back, but he could be missing the remainder of the season with a mild sprain of his medial collateral ligament.
Add in the fact that Isaac Redman and Baron Batch are both recovering from stingers and the backfield is very thing.
Stephens-Howling proved to be a very valuable third-down back and return man for the Arizona Cardinals during his time in the desert and he was showing some promise throughout the first couple of weeks of the season.
Let’s hope that the injury does not affect Stephens-Howling’s chances of making the team’s final 53-man roster.
For tomorrow’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field, we can expect a heavy dose of Jonathan Dwyer.