The Buccaneers placed Howard (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. After an abbreviated outing Monday against the Falcons, Howard required a walking boot to keep his right ankle stable. Neither the team nor player has commented on the extent of the injury, but it's clearly severe enough to force a multi-game absence. Howard concludes his rookie campaign with 26 receptions (on 39 targets) for 432 yards and six touchdowns, the latter of which matches the Giants' Evan Engram for the league lead among rookies for receiving touchdowns through Week 15. In his stead, Tampa Bay likely will give Cameron Brate most of the reps at tight end, but Alan Cross and Antony Auclair may also be regulars in the rotation.
Howard (ankle) is expected to be placed on injured reserve this week, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Howard was unable to return to Monday's 24-21 loss to the Falcons after sustaining a right ankle injury that confined him to a walking boot. The Buccaneers will likely have Howard undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury, but it sounds like he could be dealing with a serious enough of a sprain to sideline him for the final two games. Cameron Brate, who suffered a knee injury of his own Monday, would see an uptick in snaps at tight end if Howard is shut down for the season.
Howard (ankle) was wearing a walking boot on his right foot after Monday's loss to the Falcons, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Howard raced along the sideline for a 30-yard touchdown in the first half, but sustained the injury as a Falcons' defender attempted to force him out-of-bounds. It was the rookie first-round pick's only catch of the game as he was ruled out shortly thereafter. More specifics should become available on the injury as Howard is evaluated throughout the week.
Howard (ankle) has been ruled out for the remainder of Monday's game against the Falcons. There's no word on the exact nature of Howard's injury. With Cameron Brate (knee) also on the shelf, the Buccaneers will proceed forward with Antony Auclair and Alan Cross at tight end.
Howard injured his ankle and is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Falcons, Jenna Laine reports. The Buccanneers are already without Cameron Brate, who departed with a knee injury earlier in the first half. If Howard isn't able to return, Tampa Bay will need to make due with Antony Auclair and Alan Cross at tight end.
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