Buccaneers OJ Howard MRI Shows Torn Achilles, Done For Season

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OJ Howard

(UPDATE - 11:20am)

via Buccaneers Communications - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today placed tight end O.J. Howard on Injured Reserve.

Howard (6-6, 250) made 11 receptions for 146 yards (13.3 average) and two touchdowns in four games played this season. Through Week 4, Howard ranks second on the team in receiving touchdowns and third in receiving yards. Since entering the league as a first-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2017, the Alabama product has recorded 105 receptions for 1,602 yards (15.3 average) and 14 touchdowns over 42 career games.

In addition, Tampa Bay signed wide receiver Cyril Grayson from its practice squad to its active roster.

Grayson (5-9, 183) joined Tampa Bay as a free agent in December of 2019 and has split time between the Buccaneers’ practice squad and active roster. Grayson has appeared in three career games, making one reception. The Kenner, Louisiana, native began his football career after finishing his four-year collegiate track and field career at LSU as a four-time NCAA Champion and seven-time All-American. He wears No. 15 for Tampa Bay.

According to a report by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without the services of tight end OJ Howard for the remainder of the 2020 NFL season as an MRI has concluded that Howard tore his Achilles tendon during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

The 19th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, this is not the first time that Howard's season has ended with an injury. Howard's rookie season ended early in 2017 with an ankle injury, as it did in 2018 with foot and ankle injuries.

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