TEMPE, Ariz. Its easy to wrap your arms around LaRod Stephens-Howling.
Hes only 5-feet-7, he was a late, seventh-round pick out of Pittsburgh in 2009 (240th overall), and he has perhaps the most appropriate and affection-inspiring nickname in the NFL: The Hyphen.
I know the fans really appreciate what I do, Stephens-Howling said. I was the underdog, and I guess people wrap themselves around the underdog. I came in here and just did everything I was asked to do.
On Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, that meant being the feature back with the clubs top two backs on the depth chart, Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams, still out with injuries.
Stephens-Howling responded in a big way, rushing for a career-high 104 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 21-14 loss. He also caught four passes for 45 yards.
He was a warrior, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. He was tough. He ran the ball well. At this point, if it requires him to carry the ball that many times a game, then thats what we hav...