Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports tweeted Sunday evening that Steelers running back LaRod Stephens-Howling suffered a torn ACL in the Steelers' 16-9 loss to the Titans.
More bad news for the Steelers: RB LaRod Stephens-Howling suffered a torn ACL today.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 9, 2013
If confirmed, it would make the third Steelers player from that game to suffer a season-ending injury. Center Maurkice Pouncey tore his ACL and MCL, and linebacker Larry Foote suffered a ruptured biceps.
Stephens-Howling went down in the second half, with the game slipping away. He initially appeared to be able to get off the field under his own power, but eventually fell to the ground.
The rash of injuries the Steelers suffered in that game means a slew of roster moves are coming, and judging by the team's inadequate performance, perhaps more on top of that will come. RB Le'Veon Bell isn't likely to return for Week 2, when the Steelers have a primetime game against division rival Cincinnati, meaning the Steelers will have two running backs - Isaac Redman, who fumbled twice and gained nine yards on eight carries and Felix Jones, who barely saw the field - along with FB Will Johnson.
Any kind of move will likely come at some point between Monday and Tuesday.
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