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Running back Dwyer says he's returning to Steelers

| Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 10:39 a.m.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster blocks for Jonathan Dwyer during the second quarter against the Redskins on Monday, August 19, 2013, at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

When Jonathan Dwyer was a surprising cut by the Steelers last week, he figured the last place he would eventually wind up was back with the Steelers.

But after a season-ending knee injury to LaRod Stephens-Howling during Sunday's 16-9 loss to Tennessee, the Steelers plan to re-sign their leading rusher from a year ago.

“Yeah, I'm coming back,” Dwyer told the Trib.

The Steelers decided to keep the recently acquired Felix Jones instead of Dwyer at the final cutdown to fill out a banged-up running back unit that would be without second-round pick Le'Veon Bell for an extended period of time.

Jones played only seven snaps against the Titans and did not carry the ball as the Steelers managed only 32 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Dwyer was the Steelers' first pick in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, and he had played in 21 games during his career with the team, with all six of his starts coming in 2012.

During that 2012 season, Dwyer led the team in rushing with 623 yards on 156 carries and scored two touchdowns. He recorded back-to-back 100-yard games - 122 on 17 carries in Cincinnati on Oct. 21, and 107 on 17 carries vs. Washington on Oct. 28.

Dwyer worked out for the Giants and Patriots since being released by the Steelers.

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at mkaboly@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib

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