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August 23, 2009 5:51 PM

Cards hope Stephens-Howling makes a splash

As if the Arizona Cardinals need anymore help scoring, they may have found another weapon.

LaRod Stephens-Howling, a seventh-round pick in this spring's draft, had two long returns for 152 yards in the Cardinals' 17-3 preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium.

His biggest return came on the game's opening kickoff when he broke an 89-yard return to the San Diego 7-yard line.

In the second quarter, Stephens-Howling's next return was for 63 yards to the San Diego 32.

If the rookie running back from the University of Pittsburgh keeps this up the Cardinals' offense will hardly have to work.

Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Stephens-Howling has been impressive in training camp.

Saturday's game has the Cardinals wondering if they have found this season's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Entering with a low profile, out of Tennessee State University, Rodgers-Cromartie earned a starting job in the Cardinals' secondary. He led the team in with four interceptions and became an instant, impact player.

Playing a limited role at running back, the 5-7, 180-pound Stephens-Howling made his impact in the return game. He has been given the opportunity to play the same role in Arizona.

So far he has taken the ball and run with it---literally.

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