The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just lost tight end O.J. Howard for the rest of the regular season. That’s after the team put the second-year pro on the injured reserve due to foot and ankle injuries, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. With this latest development for the Bucs, the team decided to sign cornerback Josh Shaw to cover the void left by Howard.
Howard sustained his injuries during a play in last week’s 38-35 loss to the New York Giants on the road. Howard finished the game with 78 receiving yards on five receptions and six targets.
Having been placed on the IR this late in the season, Howard is not going to see any more action in the regular season, considering that he’ll have to be out of action for at least eight weeks.
With Howard sidelined, tight end Cameron Brate is in line to get a bigger workload downfield together with the likes of wide receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. The Buccaneers are tops in the league with a passing attack that averages 361.0 passing yards per game.
Howard, who was selected 19th overall back in the 2017 NFL Draft, is playing on a four-year, $11-million deal he signed with Tampa Bay back in 2017.
The Bucs will face the San Francisco 49ers at home this coming Sunday.