Howard won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic Chicago reports.
Howard will exit the exhibition slate with one appearance under his belt in which he churned out 32 yards on nine carries. Recently, coach Matt Nagy said some encouraging words about Howard, stating he'll remain on the field on third down. As such, Howard doesn't seem to be threatened by pass-catching back Tarik Cohen for a workhorse role for the third year in a row.
Head coach Matt Nagy said that he'll keep Howard on the field on third down, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Nagy stressed the importance of running the football, but also said that the coaching staff will do different things with Howard to keep him on the field for all three downs. Despite his issues with dropping passes during the first two years of his career, it's apparent that the coaching staff sees him as a vital component of the offense, and with the potential for him seeing heavy usage, it's looking like he'll be well worth a top-16 pick, which is where his current ADP stands.
Howard logged nine carries for 32 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos.
Showing no signs of the knee injury that prevented Howard from playing in the preseason opener, the bruising running back looked spry and seemed to perform better than his underwhelming 3.6 YPC mark would suggest. He predictably wasn't involved in the passing game, though, which continues to be a red flag for potential fantasy investors in advance of the regular season. We'll see if Howard gets some action in that phase during what should be his final appearance of the preseason during next Saturday's exhibition against the Chiefs.
Howard (knee) is dressed in pads for Saturday's practice, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Howard, who didn't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals, has been dealing with a sore knee since taking a hard hit in training camp earlier this week. While it isn't clear what level of participation Howard will have Saturday, him being back in pads is nonetheless a positive development in advance of the Bears' third preseason game next Saturday against the Chiefs.
Howard (knee) didn't practice Tuesday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
"He banged his knee the other day," coach Matt Nagy noted of the running back, adding that Howard is "fine, but there was no need for him to practice Tuesday." While there's apparently nothing major in play here, Howard's minor issue could be enough for the Bears to scratch him for Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals.
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