Howard caught all four of his targets for 62 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-29 loss to Atlanta. Howard cut into the Falcons' lead just before halftime, catching a Jameis Winston loft in traffic for a 10-yard touchdown. It was a rebound performance for Howard, who was held catchless in Week 4 and has been hobbled with a knee injury. The talented tight end shone in Winston's first start of the season and figures to serve as a security blanket next Sunday against a Cleveland defense that is adept at pressuring the passer.
Howard (knee-MCL) is active for Sunday's Week 6 divisional showdown against the Falcons, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. Jameis Winston will thus have a full complement of pass catchers to lean on in what is expected to be a high-scoring shootout against the suspect Falcons pass defense. Howard is slated to slide right back into the top tight end job, relegating Cameron Brate to more of the secondary role he's filled so far this season.
Howard (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, is expected to play in the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Howard was believed to be trending in this direction after he was a full participant at practice Friday following limited showings Wednesday and Thursday. Assuming he checks out fine during pregame warmups, Howard should draw the start at tight end, though his snap count could be more limited than normal while he returns from an MCL sprain. Howard's likely availability will put a damper on Cameron Brate's fantasy outlook.
Howard (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Howard has made appearances in both post-bye practices, thrusting him into the will-he-or-won't-he play Sunday in Atlanta. Handed a timetable of 2-to-4 weeks to recover from an MCL sprain on Oct. 1, he's given himself a chance to do so, but ultimately the decision will be made by the Buccaneers' medical staff, per Greg Auman of The Athletic. If Howard isn't ruled out on Friday's injury report, he almost certainly will be a game-time call for Sunday's 1:00 PM ET kickoff.
Howard (knee) is participating in practice Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Although he still has a brace on his knee and likely will be listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's injury report, Howard's ability to practice in any capacity suggests he has a chance to play Sunday at Atlanta. He suffered an MCL sprain prior to Tampa Bay's Week 5 bye, with the convenient timing giving him some shot to avoid missing actual game action. The situation will still require close monitoring over the next few days, considering most players need 2-to-4 weeks to recover from a sprained MCL.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/18||@New York Giants||15||6.00|
|12||11/25||San Francisco 49ers||29||10.00|
|14||12/09||New Orleans Saints||1||3.40|
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|3 Year Avg||39||26||432||6||19||16.62||75|