Howard (shoulder) is not listed on Monday's injury report for Thursday's game against the Packers, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports. Howard visibly favored his shoulder on a few plays during Sunday's 23-17 win over Pittsburgh, but it didn't stop him from piling up 23 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns with another 26 yards on five receptions. He's been playing through a sprained AC joint since Week 1, and he seems to have made it through Sunday's game without aggravating the issue. Howard once again figures to have a starring role in the game plan, though the Bears may turn to a heavier dose of Tarik Cohen if they end up facing a multi-score deficit in a difficult matchup.
Howard rushed 23 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns and caught all five of his targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 23-17 overtime win over Pittsburgh. It was reported earlier this week that Howard had been playing through a sprained AC joint, so after he was bottled up in Week 2 for just seven rushing yards on nine carries, this was a monster fantasy showing. Howard had eight rushes of over 10 yards Sunday, including both his touchdown scampers. Additionally, it was encouraging to see him active in the passing attack. It was a huge rebound showing for the sophomore, but Tarik Cohen also had another strong game, and Howard's game-to-game inconsistency is still a concern. It's a short week for Chicago, as the Bears face Green Bay at Lambeau Field on Thursday, so the limited turnaround could take a toll on Howard's shoulder and potentially cap his upside for Week 4.
Howard (shoulder), who isn't listed on the Bears' injury report and is set to play Sunday against the Steelers, has been dealing with a sprained AC joint, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. As Rapoport posits, Howard's struggles through the first two games of the season may be heavily influenced by the running back's tentativeness while managing the injury. After logging 5.2 yards per carry as a rookie, Howard has seen that mark drop to 2.7 so far in 2017, with last week's nine-carry, seven-yard performance against the Buccaneers representing the worst showing of his young career. Though it doesn't look as though Howard will miss time with the injury, he could end up splitting snaps out of the backfield with Tarik Cohen until he regains some health and starts flashing the form that made him a first- or second-round pick in most fantasy drafts prior to the season.
Howard (shoulder) was a full participant at Friday's practice and does not have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. Though spotted with his arm in a sling after a dud Week 2 performance, Howard followed limited practices Wednesday and Thursday with a full session Friday. He's set to resume his role as the Bears' lead runner, though a difficult matchup with the Steelers appears more favorable for Tarik Cohen's pass-catching role.
Howard (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM reports. Howard has been tending to a right shoulder injury since the first half of the Bears' Week 1 loss to the Falcons. After aggravating the injury Sunday at Tampa Bay, he was wearing a sling but didn't acknowledge it until a media session Monday. If Howard's limited session Wednesday is any indication, he's still hampered by the injury and could again play second fiddle to Tarik Cohen for the second weekend in a row.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/29||@Green Bay Packers||22||19.00|
|8||10/29||@New Orleans Saints||30||23.00|
|10||11/12||Green Bay Packers||22||19.00|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||28||22.00|
|3 Year Avg||252||1313||6||29||298||1||202|