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Stephens-Howling making strong case for spot

8/22/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

It's getting tougher to see how the Cardinals could justify waiving seventh-round choice LaRod Stephens-Howling on the Sept. 5 cutdown to 53 players.

The rookie has two kickoff returns totaling 152 yards, including an 89-yarder, in the Cardinals' exhibition game against San Diego.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt was already wondering how the Cardinals might handle Stephens-Howling's roster status. I could see the Cardinals keeping only one fullback instead of two. They use three or more wide receivers frequently enough to get away with one fullback most of the time.

Stephens-Howling is showing signs he can fill the special-teams void created by J.J. Arrington's departure after last season.