Minnesota Vikings have checked into Steelers free agent RB LaRod Stephens-Howling

The "Hypen" had six carries for 19 yards before tearing his ACL against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1.

Coaches go with who they know. The Minnesota Vikings' new running backs coach, Kirby Wilson, knows LaRod Stephens-Howling. Depending on his progress in rehabilitation after surgery to repair a torn ACL in September, they may sign the former Steelers running back, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling.

With the Steelers sniffing around LeGarrette Blount - and enough interest apparently being generated to wait until Friday when general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin can meet with him - and having already spoken with Maurice Jones-Drew, Stephens-Howling's name was bound to come resurface.

His progress in rehabilitation obviously is the key thing, whether Wilson is familiar with him or not. Hopes were high for Stephens-Howling after he showed some flashes of excellence in the preseason, but even before his injury - which occurred in Week 1, along with so many others - he wasn't exactly setting the league on fire.

He can be a complimentary back, which is something Minnesota will look to add either in free agency or the draft. He had 149 total yards and a touchdown on 24 touches in a Week 5 loss in 2012 when Stephens-Howling was with the Arizona Cardinals.

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