Dolphins’ Jordan Howard speaks out on the status of his shoulder injury
The Miami Dolphins chose to sign Jordan Howard early in free agency, strengthening their backfield for next season. While getting prepared to join his new team, Howard spoke out on the status of his shoulder injury from this past season:
“I’m back to 100 percent now,” Howard said, via the Palm Beach Post. “It took a while, but I’m finally back to being 100 percent.”
The Dolphins are hoping that Howard can get back on track and become a key contributor given his potential.
Prior to the 2019 campaign, the Philadelphia Eagles acquired Howard from the Chicago Bears. The former fifth-round pick would play in the first nine games for Philadelphia. Over those nine games, Howard would scamper for 525 yards and six touchdowns.
Sadly, the Indiana product would sustain a shoulder injury in Week 9 against his former team. When the injury initially occurred, the Eagles assumed that it would be a short-term recovery. However, Howard would miss all but one of Philadelphia’s last eight games — including the playoffs.
With Miles Sanders emerging as a rookie, the Eagles were in no rush to have Howard rejoin the backfield. Given that Sanders excelled in his rookie season, Philadelphia let Howard walk in free agency this offseason, and he chose to sign with the Dolphins.
Even though he hasn’t touched the ball since November, the Dolphins view Howard as a pivotal piece to their offense in 2020. At the least, Miami was able to ink Howard to a team-friendly deal worth $9.75 million over two years.
The Dolphins were incapable of running the ball effectively in 2019, with Ryan Fitzpatrick leading the team in rushing. Regardless of whether or not Miami drafts another running back, Howard seems prepared to prove that he is healthy again next season.