Stephens-Howling also out for the season; Steelers will re-sign Dwyer
September 9, 2013 11:30 AM
LaRod Stephens-Howling, seen in a preseason game against the Giants, was hurt yesterday and will be out for the season.
By Ed Bouchette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Steelers will re-sign halfback Jonathan Dwyer today to take the place of LaRod Stephens-Howling, who has a torn ACL.
Stephens-Howling became the third player the Steelers lost for the season to an injury in their 16-9 opening loss to Tennessee Sunday at Heinz Field.
Three-time Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey will have surgery to repair tears to his ACL and MCL, and linebacker Larry Foote will have surgery to fix his torn biceps.
The Steelers will have to add two players besides Dwyer to replace the injured on their 53-man roster.
They released veterans Dwyer on Aug. 31 even though he led them in rushing last season. He was set to earn a $1.3 million salary this season that he signed as a restricted free agent. That likely will be lowered. He had some interest from the New York Giants and New England Patriots after the Steelers cut him.
They also have Alvester Alexander on their practice squad.
The Steelers have two healthy halfbacks in Isaac Redman and Felix Jones. Rookie Le'Veon Bell is recuperating from a foot injury and did not play in the opener.