When O.J. Howard Was Injured

October 5th, 2020


Joe has been getting the question a lot and now has an answer.

Joe’s photographer was at the game and told Joe this morning that tight end O.J. Howard suffered his ruptured Achilles on the Ke’Shawn Vaughn touchdown catch from park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.

Well, now we have video.

Brady’s wife, internationally renowned model Gisele Bündchen, likes to record every play of her husband. Understandable.

And without knowing, she grabbed an All-22 video of sorts of Howard blowing out his Achilles.

What is really sad for Howard and frustrating for Bucs fans is this was a non-contact injury. It appears Howard blew his Achilles making a cut inside. You can see in the video below Howard wasn’t even covered. If you have trouble locating Howard, he is lined up to the left of left tackle Donovan Smith.

If the screeching of an adult woman is like fingernails on a blackboard for you, Joe strongly advises that you mute your computer while watching the video below.

If you are wearing headphones, trust Joe, you may want to remove them. Your eardrums will thank you.

40 Responses to “When O.J. Howard Was Injured”

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

    Definitely a screamer!

  2. chris L Says:

    brutal. the hamstring and calf injuries around the nfl may be due to no offseason program but i really dont know about achilles injuries. are those just random or could that have been a by-product?

  3. AwShbucs Says:

    He might just be too damn big for his own good. His frame and ligaments are clearly not suited to carry 260 pounds of muscle based on his injury history.

  4. Mike Johnson Says:

    NExt man up Baby. Other teams got serious injuries. Look at them Pats. They gotta roll with a 3rd string QB tonight. Beat them maulers Thursday night. Tough game.

  5. Todd Says:

    Brutal. Really feel for him. Going from 0 to 60 this season has been devastating injury-wise, league-wide (especially with soft tissue injuries).

    Let’s go Cam Brate.

    Next man up.

    Get better, Juice.

  6. firethecannons Says:

    heal up and be ready for next year!

  7. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Although unfortunate for Howard, it does illustrate that OJ hasn’t completed a full season since he arrived here

    As one of the Joes is fond of repeating Bill Parcels infamous line that your best ability is availability it’s now time to move on.

    Peace, out

  8. Swampbuc Says:

    That so totally sucks. It’s pretty obvious that OJ had no interest in continuing with Jameis, here comes Brady to help him elevate as a player and a teammate, and blows his achilles on a basic square in. The whole league has an injury plague, it’s curious because supposedly everyone was training and in shape. Obviusly there is a difference between working out on your own and with your mates on a football field.

    Sucks for OJ. Speedy recovery wished for.

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    damn…thats tough…..

    get well soon OJ

    GO BUCS!!!!

  10. Joe Says:

    Although unfortunate for Howard, it does illustrate that OJ hasn’t completed a full season since he arrived here

    Last year he did. That was the first time. He’s always having problems with his wheels. First two years ankle injuries sidelined him. This year, Achilles.

  11. Bucy Says:

    Good riddance 6”8 dude who hates contact… Bucs career is over thank goodness.

  12. Brandon Says:

    Most torn Achilles occur from not being warm or being overly fatigued. Considering this happened in the 4th quarter on a wet field, it was definitely the latter.

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    Had that been a total rupture, he would not stumble around. He’d be on the ground.

    So in a way, watching that video gives me hope.

    OJ Howard os a good player.

  14. mark2001 Says:

    Just one question…for all of the posters on this board that knew so many doctors that said face masks were worthless and such…. was this injury something inherent to a weakness in his tendon…and if it didn’t happen yesterday, was it likely to happen today, tomorrow, next week, or in the future? Or was it an “out of the blue” thing that some outside trauma was at fault, and was unlikely to happened if it hadn’t happened yesterday.

  15. bucszntkt2005 Says:

    thanks for sharing this video joe, interesting to see.
    Mark , sometimes it is just a bizarre cut that can cause an injury that may or may not have happened another time ? Too many variables , he may have had a mild injury he was not declaring, he may have tweaked it earlier in the day, he may have had a weakness in that tendon (scar tissue from an old injury) that would have made it likely to occur at some point.
    It is hard to say. Yes, I am a doctor.

  16. mark2001 Says:

    Thanks you bucszntkt…. It sounds to me that it was likely not a matter of training camp and such. And unless it happened to show up in some ankle MRI or something, it wouldn’t have been detected or could have been avoided unless OJ made a point of something unusual prior to the injury.

  17. Ivan The Insider Says:

    First, it’s always sad anytime any player gets hurt and that it can affect their career.

    But the reality is… OJ Howard has been the ultimate underachiever. He had a few decent play here and there, but overall, it never measured up to his potential that he was drafted for, not even close.

    I think the team actually GETS BETTER with Howard now out of the rotation. Brate has been a much better, more consistent TE. Brate has better hands, and I haven’t analyzed tons of film, but I would bet anything that Brate is a better blocker as well from what I have seen.

    Brate/Gronk seem to make for a much more consistent 2 TE set for run blocking as well as coverage mismatches.

    Again, sad for Howard and any player that gets hurt like that. But I do think the team gets better due to the situation.

    You don’t think Brate has a little chip on his shoulder that he wants to play hard and prove he’s a better TE like before Howard was drafted?

  18. Joe Says:

    Good riddance 6”8 dude who hates contact… Bucs career is over thank goodness.

    Don’t be so quick to jump the gun. Joe will have info later on why that may be premature.

  19. DoooshLaRue Says:

    The field was in bad shape.
    Couldn’t that be a big reason for all the injuries yesterday?

  20. mark2001 Says:

    Joe…I don’t see why we should jettison OJ. Still…a quality guy with tremendous upside. But eventually for salary cap reasons? Maybe a different story.

  21. David Says:

    For the idiot saying “good riddance”… Why? He still has a ton of potential as a receiver and it was starting to show this year as he got more comfortable with Brady. On top of that, he wasn’t costing a lot.

    Either way, he will be back next year because the Achilles did not just blow up and rupture completely otherwise he wouldn’t have walked.

  22. lambchop Says:

    Anyone hating on OJ for injuries, which aren’t in his control, really needs to rupture their own achilles. Disgusting. He was clearly the focal point in the TEs group this year and worked his tail off.

    Now we’re down to Brate who will fill his role and Gronk is more of a blocking TE at this point. I’m expecting Tanner Hudson gets more involved in the offense until Gronk is up to speed (if he ever gets up to speed).

  23. mark2001 Says:

    Doosh…interesting point. We saw guys occasionally stumbling on the field…Including that stumble trying to defend the long bomb.

  24. Paul Says:


    Why the HATING on BRADY?

    Where’s the LOVE for the GOAT??

    JW is Gone sorry!

  25. Joe Says:

    Why the HATING on BRADY?

    Who says Joe hates Brady? That is complete and total fiction.

  26. Joe Says:

    Joe…I don’t see why we should jettison OJ.

    Financially it would be very smart. Joe will have an article maybe today, maybe tomorrow but sometime soon that the thinking Howard is done with the Bucs may be premature.

  27. Coburn Says:

    Would think based on his body of work OJ wouldn’t be that expensive to bring back. His stock has to be at a low where it would make sense to buy.. just means you still have to have backup plans

  28. TampaTown Says:

    Joe :
    Can you reach out to Gisele and maybe give her her own folder like you did Miko, or maybe go out for drinks like you did with Annie Sabo?

  29. Doctor Stroud Says:

    You guys miss Miko! I know you do!

  30. #1bucfan Says:

    Ojs potential is still untapped. We haven’t seen him become a finished product yet in part cause he can’t stay healthy. Is one full season out of 4 good. No it’s not. Even tho he has more upside to his abilities then any other tight end in the league he won’t be expensive. I do believe he has better abilities then Kelce and little. Those guys stay on the field tho. If he could stop getting injured I bet he could become better than those 2 guys. Idk if we will have know.

  31. unbelievable Says:

    Coburn Says:
    October 5th, 2020 at 3:28 pm
    Would think based on his body of work OJ wouldn’t be that expensive to bring back. His stock has to be at a low where it would make sense to buy.. just means you still have to have backup plans

    Yup, same.

  32. LongSeason Says:

    I do agree with the sentiment that the multitude of of injuries this year has to do with no real off season program.
    Bad for O.J. as he was starting to get a rhythm with TB12.
    Non contact injuries are not common but do happen. Dan Marino blew his achilles out rolling to his left and went down with no one in his zipcode.
    Remember our automobile running back 1st rd pick 2005? If I remember correctly his separate knee injuries were his making a non-contact cut. The first one for sure when his knee all but exploded. I give Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams all the credit in the world because most guys would have been done after the first, but then the other knee went. Now he is RB Coach at Auburn. He’s a good guy. Two flat tires later and he earned his name Cadillac.
    Wishing O.J. all the best and tell him to keep his chin up, recuperate and work hard. He will be back with us.

  33. Buc4ever Says:

    What is the status of Auclair?

  34. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Unless OJ signs for a bag of peanuts and a grape slurpee, his days with the Bucs are done.

  35. curious george Says:

    Is Gisele Bundchen Joe’s photographer?

  36. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Alvin Scissors Harper, I doubt that.

  37. Shoulda_Drafted_QB Says:

    That was a pick by Trash 🗑 Man Buffet Blaster the LICHTenstein

  38. Simeon Says:

    He probably should have been doing tb12 pliability training.
    Sucks he is out, but seems like he drops way too many balls.

  39. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    curious george Says:
    “Is Gisele Bundchen Joe’s photographer?”
    I want the details of the application & interview process…

  40. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Dude is injury prone!! It sucks because he was finally starting to live up to the potential but the truth is you just can’t rely on him!! That is EXACTLY why I was in total agreeance to keep Brate!! You keep any player that plays as well as him if you can!!! Getting rid of good players is what Chuckie would have done!! His team is starting to fall apart… Again!!!!