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Cards rookie leads seventh-round charge

12/1/2009

The Cardinals' LaRod Stephens-Howling, already basking in Stock Watch glory, is in the running for the NFL's rookie of the week award.

The Titans' Kenny Britt might edge him out, though, after catching the game-winning touchdown pass against Arizona.

Stephens-Howling was a seventh-round draft choice from Pittsburgh. The Cardinals have found ways to work him into the offense as well. Stephens-Howling has six receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown this season.

Seventh heaven?

About 57 percent of 2009 seventh-round draft choices emerged from Week 12 as members of NFL 53-man rosters. The rate was much higher in the NFC West. Teams in the division selected eight seventh-rounders this year and seven remain employed on 53-man rosters. The eighth, Trevor Canfield, is on the Cardinals' practice squad.