Achilles Injury For O.J. Howard (Update)

October 4th, 2020

[UPDATE: 5:08 p.m.] The terrible news came over the Buccaneers Radio Network.

It confirmed what fans saw in the fourth-quarter, O.J. Howard getting a cart ride back to the locker room.

Damn! It’s so rare to have any kind of Achilles issue that isn’t a season-ender. And Bucco Bruce Arians said after the game that he fears Howard’s Achilles will end his season.

Howard had a big 28-yard catch today and finished with three for 50 yards.

For now, it wouldn’t be a crushing loss to be without Howard. But with so many injuries and no guarantee that Rob Gronkowski can make it through a full season, Joe won’t sleep much tonight while awaiting an official word on Howard later this week.

[UPDATE: 5:08 p.m.] The Buccaneers Radio Network is reporting that tight end O.J. Howard ruptured his Achilles tendon which likely will end his 2020 season.]

48 Responses to “Achilles Injury For O.J. Howard (Update)”

  1. Colorado Says:

    Damn. We can replace him in the draft next year though with explosive tight end Trey McBride from the best university in the west, Colorado State. Fantastic blocker, and sure has better hands than OJ Howard. Under the radar target we should grab!

  2. TheShaz Says:

    Bucs Injury List is growing……..

  3. Gbobucsfan Says:

    He gone for season

  4. ElioT Says:

    That’s a real bummer.

    Kid has so much talent.

    He can still learn a lot from the vets in the film room.

  5. Bangkok Buc Says:

    Fingers crossed it isn’t season ending. Can live without him for a few weeks but would love him for playoff drive.

  6. Ivan The Insider Says:

    Out for the season, for sure.

    I think Brate is a better TE. It will be nice to see Brate get more involved in the Offense.

    Howard always had “potential” and certainly has had some decent plays this season, but Brate is a lot more consistent.

  7. Bird Says:

    Good thing we kept brate

    And 4th tight end is a blocker so we are good
    We need godwin to beat bears though.

  8. ArmchairGM Says:

    Arians confirmed it’s ruptured. OJ gone for the year. Time for Gronk, Brate and Hudson to step up. NEXT MAN UP!

  9. firethecannons Says:

    And just like that, there is no more talk of trading Cam Brate.

  10. Colorado Says:

    Your best ability is availability. Love OJ but his time with the Bucs is up.

    Worth noting that Trey McBride, the tight end from the best university in the west Colorado State, has never missed a game due to injury.

  11. Pablo Says:

    Wow he was finally blossoming, Pablo wishes him the best of luck as a free agent

  12. Pewter Power Says:

    Does that mean our run game will be worse now because coach can’t stop praising tight ends for blocking. Not sure what the o line will do without Howard chipping everyone including no name defensive ends

  13. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Defense is still healthy…….next up…..Tanner Hudson….& Auclair will be back in a few weeks….

    I guess our TE depth is a very good thing……chances of IR with an achilles injury……99.9999 %.

  14. Bird Says:


    Any chance you do article on Ndogs quotes today

    I mean he is actually claiming that bucs are lucky compared to Last year and that is only reason jameis lost and brady wins

    Please joe. Hook it up. I mean its classic comments
    Ndog is sad the bucs are winning. 😂

  15. William Walls Says:

    @firethecannons: Bingo. People are so quick to play armchair GM and dream of giving away talent.

  16. adam from ny Says:

    need brate big time now…get hudson up if he was demoted back to taxi squad…

  17. Youngbucs Says:

    All y’all arm chair gm’s can stfu now questioning why we added players we don’t need. Good to have gronk now huh haters!

  18. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I don’t wish a season ending injury on anyone but if a there was a position to have an injury, it would be your deepest position. So happens, we are pretty deep at TE.

  19. Hopalong Bucco Says:

    Well I guess all the first half
    a ssclowns and naysayers can crawl back under their rocks. Mr Brady got the job done. Period!

  20. adam from ny Says:

    injury filled career so far for yung juice

  21. HeyItsAdam Says:

    Oh my god! Who is going to replace his 1 catch and 3 yards per game????


  22. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I still think poor field conditions were a factor in many of the injuries today and it is even worse when the irrelevant Bulls screw up the field on Saturdays before the Bucs play. It is time to evict the Bulls IMO.

  23. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Man I love how FSU shills are here talking about dalvin cook 3 years later. The first ballot sure fire hall of


  24. HeyItsAdam Says:

    Dear Tampabuscsbro:

    Look at Cook’s career and look at Howard’s career.

    Telll me whose stats you’d rather have on the Bucs.

    Then take your bottom lip, pull it over your face and swallow.

  25. Wesley Says:


  26. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Weren’t you saying we should trade Brate?? Get whatever we can for him?? Good thing the team knows what they’re doing huh!!!

  27. Buc4ever Says:

    I think we will be ok with Brate, Gronk and Hudson. Wonder if Auclair is available?

  28. Clean House Says:

    Makes me sick when anyone gets hurt like that-
    Achilles injuries give me the willies

    Sorry for you bro- you looked so promising this year, thanks for your hard work!

  29. #1bucfan Says:

    I was starting to come around and agree with some on let’s trade Brate. Now I’m deff glad we have him. If we lose Howard Brate a can step in and continue his TD catches. Brate doesn’t have the ceiling that Howard does but Brate is indeed consistent and reliable. Howard can’t stay healthy but is a freak of a athlete. Brate and gronk if they both stay healthy we will be fine

  30. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    That’s the last we’ll see OJ in a Bucs uniform, me thinks.

  31. Bucy Says:

    A pick that was pure luxury we never really needed has never played a full season and never will realize his full potential. Yup this sounds like a Jason licht pick. Way to go gump you consistently deliver hot trash every year and still have a job + never have to answer for your mistakes.

  32. Nate1111 Says:

    2020 is the worse

  33. unbelievable Says:

    Damn that sucks.

    Only upside is we can probably sign him for cheaper (if we want to keep him).

    Need Gronk to step up big time from here forward!

  34. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    Should have never drafted him. Simple as that.

  35. Cobraboy Says:

    Good thing Brate wasn’t traded.

  36. Mike Johnson Says:

    Other teams got injuries also. Next man up Baby! Here is to an OJ speedy recovery.

  37. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Exactly, Cobraboy. This is why the Bucs have Cam Brate.

  38. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Tanner Hudson is a hands TE

  39. Miller5252 Says:

    Maybe with OJ’s injury the Sage, good ole Ira’s prediction of Brate becoming a house hold name and a bad mofo might come true. I know this week ole Ira said it was going to be the worst prediction ever and he would just take the hit now might actually come true now. Don’t doubt yourself too early Sage!

  40. lambchop Says:

    I missed the injury on a bathroom break. Can’t find video yet. So frustrating that Juice is lost for the season. Hate to see a player go down. Bittersweet victory, but what a comeback. That Herbert guy is legit.

  41. 40TDs Says:

    I’ll sleep well tonight although I’m not happy for Howard since Brate will be his replacement. Gronk and Brate will keep the ship on its way to the Super Bowl.

    Go Bucs!!!

  42. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Ironic that this injury happens the same day Brate gets his first TD catch from Brady. All of the sudden all that whining about his four million last week sounds silly this week.

  43. David Says:

    I disagree that it’s not a big loss. I think OJ was on his way to a career year because I think him and Brady were going to get better and better together.

    Brady will learn that Brate is pretty damn good and Gronk needs to step it up… and get targeted more.
    Man I hope ME and Godwin can get healthy

  44. SOEbuc Says:

    Always a wet early October game in TB that results in injuries. I was yelling the entire time WHY THE F#CK IS EVANS STILL ON THE FIELD!!! Came through but still dumb without Godwin going into Bears on Thursday. Shady. LVD came up limping scared the sh!t out of me but then he returned to beast mode.

    I am excited to see Tanner Hudson get reps though. I’ve wanted that since his great preseason couple years ago. Don’t know what Auclairs deal is???

  45. Joey M Lacey Says:

    Why are yall throwing howard under the bus. When will we see consistentcy from gronk . Last time i check gronk making the money at tight end. And has 9 catches no tds in 4 games. OJ was getting better. Gronl looks slow cant get open. Lets be real

  46. Anonymous Says:

    Is it really that big a loss? Dude looks like he is good but is constantly dropping wide open passes. Brate will fill in no problem…

  47. Cobraboy Says:

    Not all Achilles ruptures are the same.

    If his is a full rupture, that’s really bad and has killed careers.

    Partial ruptures can be overcome.

    I had a partial rupture in the mid-90’s from playing beach volleyball in a Don Cesar tournery ago that required surgery. 6 weeks in a full boot and 8 months of rehab to get it back to normal.

    But I was in my 40’s, not mid-20’s.

    So it’ll depend on what the rupture is.

  48. Cobraboy Says:

    I don’t recall when Howard got hurt. In a way, that’s a positive.

    If he had a full rupture, I doubt he could have gotten off the field unnoticed. They’d have to bring out the cart and we’d have seen it.

    He could have hobbled off with a partial.