Steelers running back LaRod Stephens-Howling isn't likely to play tonight, adding intrigue to the recent trade that netted the Steelers RB Felix Jones, a source told Behind The Steel Curtain Saturday.
Stephens-Howling has a medial collateral sprain in his knee, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said recently his activity in the Steelers' game Saturday against Kansas City would be decided close to kickoff.
If he plays, the source said Stephens-Howling would be very limited - as in just a few plays. The Steelers are expected to play their starters through the first half against the Chiefs.
Steelers PR manager Burt Lauten says Felix Jones will wear No. 23 and will see some action tonight.
To clarify all the inquiries, Felix Jones is slated to play in some capacity tonight (kick returns, possibly RB). He will wear #23.— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) August 24, 2013
Considering the depth the Steelers have at both their inside and outside linebacker positions, and the injuries of both Le'Veon Bell and Stephens-Howling, it seems likely Jones was brought in to give their starters a break for the remainder of the preseason. Bell is out for the next few weeks, at least. Isaac Redman and Baron Batch both suffered stingers in the last two weeks. Jonathan Dwyer remains the only healthy running back the Steelers have who is legitimately competing for a spot.
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