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Buccaneers-Bears Injury Report Oct. 6: Howard Moves to IR

Tight end O.J. Howard was officially moved to Injured Reserve with an Achilles injury on Tuesday morning and the Bucs are still banged up in the week’s second injury report.


The injury report remains largely unchanged for the Buccaneers after their second walk-through practice of the short week. They'll take on the Bears in Chicago in just two short days for Thursday Night Football and as of Tuesday's report, held seven players out of practice while moving tight end O.J. Howard to IR.

There was good news on the defensive line as Will Gholston practiced fully on Tuesday. He had two quarterback hits in this past Sunday's game and is instrumental in helping to stop the run. On offense, nearly every starting skill player sat out as Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Justin Watson, LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette remained sidelined. Head Coach Bruce Arians mentioned Tuesday that there is a possibility the Bucs would go into Chicago with just two available running backs. Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich said if that's the case, they'll figure it out and they have trust in both Ronald Jones and rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn.

The Bears' injury report remained unchanged.

Read below for the full injury report for both teams:


WR Mike Evans (ankle) – Did Not Participate

RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) – Did Not Participate

DL William Gholston (neck) – Full Participation

WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) – Did Not Participate

TE Rob Gronkowski (shoulder) – Limited Participation

TE O.J. Howard (Achilles) – Injured Reserve

RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) – Did Not Participate

WR Scotty Miller (hip/groin) – Did Not Participate

OLB Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) – Did Not Participate

WR Justin Watson (chest) – Did Not Participate


S Deon Bush (hamstring) – Did Not Participate

DT Akiem Hicks (hand/ankle/shoulder) – Full Participation

OLB Khalil Mack (knee) – Limited Participation

T Bobby Massie (thigh) – Full Participation

S Sherrick McManis (hamstring) – Did Not Participate

WR Darnell Mooney (shoulder) – Full Participation

ILB Josh Woods (thumb) – Full Participation

*Bold denotes change from previous day

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