Howard was released by the Chiefs, where he spent four seasons, in mid April after his 2016 campaign ended early due to a hip injury. The Bears signing him to a deal implies that his rehab has been progressing as expected, with the goal being to get him back to full form by the time training camp rolls around.
Howard (hip) was released by the Chiefs on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Howard's 2016 campaign ended prematurely after being placed on IR in December due to a hip injury, but he had recently been progressing through rehab with expectations of being fully recovered for training camp. The defensive lineman will now look to catch on with another team after spending four seasons in Kansas City.
Howard was placed on injured reserve due to a hip issue back in December but he appears to be nearing a return. He is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp and could return as soon as offseason practices.
Howard (hip) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.
Howard has missed the Chiefs past three games due to hip issue and the team ultimately opted to end his season early. In eight games this year, Howard racked up 23 tackles and one sack. Kendall Reyes (knee) is likely to serve as Howard's replacement the remainder of the season.
Howard has also missed both of Kansas City's past two games with this hip issue. With Kendall Reyes questionable (knee), Rakeem Nunez-Roches could end up getting the start at defensive end.
|P2||8/19/17||@ ARI||10:00 pm|
|P3||8/27/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|4||9/28/17||@ GB||8:25 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|12||11/26/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/17||@ DET||4:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||3||6||5.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||16||36||24.0||12||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||57||36.0||21||5.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||8||23||18.0||5||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||1||0||2||-1||2||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|