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Buccaneers Place Tight End O.J. Howard on Injured Reserve

The Buccaneers have another injury to their offense, as today the team placed tght end O.J. Howard on IR,

The tight end went down Sunday against the New York Giants, as he suffered foot and ankle injuries.

With that, Howard’s second season as a pro will end with 34 catches for 565 yards and five 5 touchdowns. On the plus side, the injury is not expected to hurt him in the long run, so he should be ready to participate in practices next summer.

The Howard injury should mean an uptick in targets for fellow tight end Cameron Brate. Brate has shined in the past, but he has recorded just six grabs for 45 yards and no touchdowns in the past three games.

Head coach Dirk Koetter badly needs Brate to step up in Howard’s absence. The team’s 3-7 record has Koetter on the hot seat and he’ll need a strong finish in order to save his job.

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