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LaRod Stephens-Howling reportedly will visit Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to look for help in their backfield. Free-agent running back LaRod Stephens-Howling will visit the team Wednesday, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Linebacker Tavares Gooden and offensive guard Antoine Caldwell also are in town to visit.

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The Steelers met with former New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw last week, but Bradshaw isn't fully healthy yet. The Steelers are expected to revisit Bradshaw's situation in a few weeks. In the meantime, they will kick the tires on one of our favorite players still available in free agency.

Stephens-Howling is an excellent special teamer who can help on returns. He is more powerful and elusive than you'd expect for his size as a third-down back, and he filled in capably when used as a starter with the Arizona Cardinals. He's a piece to the puzzle, not a potential starter.

But with only Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman on the roster, the Steelers might need a starter at some point. That player is more likely to come from the 2013 NFL Draft.

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