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TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals have a drastic shortage of running backs, just when they are about to meet a Buffalo Bills defense that has been highly susceptible to the run.
Beanie Wells is long gone because of turf toe, with his earliest return on Nov. 25. Now Ryan Williams is out for the season with a left shoulder injury that required surgery. Enter LaRod Stephens-Howling, the diminutive situational back who has been in this situation before.
Replacing the injured Wells in last season’s finale against Seattle, the 5-foot-7, 2009 seventh-round draft pick gained 93 yards on 17 carries in Arizona’s 23-20 overtime victory.
That day certainly was in Stephens-Howling’s thoughts as he worked out as Arizona’s No. 1 running back this week.
“I always thought I could do it, and it was just better to see it happen last year,” he said.
Behind Stephens-Howling are William Powell and Alfonso Smith.
If the Cards can get a semblance of a running game going (they rank 31st in the league) against a Bills team that’s 30th against the run, it might help keep quarterback Kevin Kolb upright. He’s been sacked 17 times the last two games.
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Bills add linemen

The Buffalo Bills added DT Jay Ross and OL David Snow to the 53-man roster. Both spent the first five weeks of the season on the Bills’ practice squad. With defensive end Mark Anderson slated to miss today’s game along with Cordy Glenn and Keith Urbik being ruled out on the offensive line, depth moves needed to be made.
To make room for Ross and Snow, the Bills released fourth-string running back Johnny While and reserve safety Delano Howell.