Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard Still Sidelined

July 28th, 2021

The picture at this morning’s practice kind of says it all.

Go Gronk!

The Bucs have not commented publicly on Cameron Brate’s injury or issue. O.J. Howard has not been cleared to practice yet following his Achilles surgery in October.

17 Responses to “Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard Still Sidelined”

  1. Robert Says:

    Gronk will probably be much looser now. He looked like a lineman running routes early last year and just seemed to get better and better in terms of speed and fluidity.

    no one can beat father time, but hopefully he will continue looking more like he is in football shape.

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    At least The Brady Bunch will be fresh for the season’s start. A lot of dudes just standing around all day

  3. zzbuc Says:

    Shouldn’t be that bad….

  4. Wild Bill Says:

    Tight end position looking a bit thin these days. Bucs might need to look for a good blocking TE to free up Gronk for the passing game until Brate comes back. What’s wrong with Brate?

  5. PassingThru Says:

    It might be awhile before we see OJ Howard. Achilles tears are very serious, rehab takes about a year. I’ll be happy if he’s ready by the beginning of the regular season.

    Brate’s problem is his college. Harvard gives its students and grads oversized heads.

  6. allbuccedup Says:

    Same o’le story it happens every year. This should not be a high injury position.

  7. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Passingthru – I mostly agree. Agree that Achilles is serious but the scope of rehab, treatment, surgery, recovery methods of injuries in general is so much different. Athletes recover in half the time now. I hate basketball but running on a hard surface every other night, with much MUCH more cutting and sudden movements, much much more static running – the NBA is an order of magnitude tougher in joints and tendons. Kevin Durant needs his Achilles much more than a freaking tight end. Kevin Durant is a superstar that has to take people off the dribble, drop 30 and play defense and be explosive. If he can come back, then a freaking tight end that stays in line to block half the time can do it

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    I’ve been telling my wife that this season is going to be the Year of the Gronk.

    I think Gronk is going to blow up this season.

  9. MidAtlanticBucsFan Says:

    Look @PassingThru, he thinks he has OJ and Cam all figured out. LOL take a seat, putz.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    They need Brate. OJ not so much.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Next man up……Brady likes “Huddy”…….

  12. SOEbuc Says:

    The pics I’ve seen of Brate sidelined he’s been smiling so I’m not sweating that. Have no clue about OJ but Hudson is a very good backup TE IMO.

  13. PassingThru Says:


    I agree, basketball can be harder on the tendons in particular, especially with all the torque they put on joints and tendons. An Achilles tear is pretty much destroyed the elite days of Kobe Bryant. When he came back from his Achilles tear, he lost a lot of his explosiveness and hops. The incredible skill level was still there, but it impacted his game.

    It’s like that in football. Players who rely on sheer athleticism will see some drop off after an Achilles tear. It doesn’t affect all positions equally. It doesn’t really impact the big guys, but it can affect players who rely on speed, quickness and athleticism, like WRs and CBs. Richard Sherman through excellent technique was able to continue, but he was not the same player after his tear. Between age and that injury, he’s really a zone CB surviving on technique and smarts.

    We’ll see how it impacts OJ. He’s a very athletic TE, but there’s more to that position than just athleticism.

  14. Jason Says:

    No floppy hats? BA should fine them for being out of uniform. LoL.

  15. Beeej Says:

    Well, it’s clearly not a Covid issue

  16. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    Who’s OJ Howard?

  17. Wild Bill Says:

    Tanner always looks great in preseason games. Rarely plays in regular season. Bucs need Brate.