Howell (hamstring) was a full practice participant Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Howell was inactive for Sunday's divisional-round win over the Buccaneers due to a hamstring injury. However, he managed a limited practice Wednesday, before upgrading to a full session Thursday. That should put him in line to return to his role on special teams in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against San Francisco.
Jan 27, 2022 5:06 PM EST
Howell (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's divisional matchup with the Rams, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.
Analysis: As expected, Howell will miss his second straight postseason game due to a hamstring injury. The 25-year-old hasn't played an offensive snap all season, so his absence will only impact the Rams' special-teams unit.
Jan 23, 2022 11:12 AM EST
Howell (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Rams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Howell didn't practice at all this week and will likely miss his second straight game due to the hamstring injury. The 25-year-old hasn't played an offensive snap all season, so his absence will only impact the Rams' special-teams unit.
Jan 21, 2022 1:46 PM EST
Howell (hamstring) is inactive Monday against the Cardinals, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.
Analysis: Howell was unable to practice all week, so his inability to suit up Monday doesn't come as a surprise. The 25-year-old hasn't played an offensive snap all season, so his absence will only impact the Rams' special teams unit.
Jan 17, 2022 4:07 PM EST
Howell (hamstring) is doubtful for Monday's wild-card matchup, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Howell was unable to practice this week and appears unlikely to suit up in the playoff opener. He's played primarily on special teams this year, so his status shouldn't impact the Rams' backfield rotation.
Jan 15, 2022 2:36 PM EST
Howell (hamstring) did not practice Friday and is considered questionable for Monday against the Cardinals, Cameron DaSilva of Rams Wire reports.
Analysis: Howell's inability to practice yet this week is not a good sign for his availability in the Wild Card Round, however with the Rams not playing until Monday, he does have an extra day to heal. Howell hasn't played an offensive snap since Week 8 against the Titans, so any potential absence would only impact the Rams' special teams unit.
Jan 14, 2022 6:17 PM EST
The Rams activated Howell (thigh) from injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Sony Michel and Darrell Henderson should handle the majority of the backfield reps Sunday at Minnesota, leaving Jake Funk and Howell as the reserve options after completing their respective stints on IR this week. Meanwhile, L.A. also activated Cam Akers (Achilles) from the reserve/non-football injury list Saturday, but he won't make his season debut just yet. Whenever Akers receives clearance to play -- whether it's Week 17 or 18 or in the postseason -- Howell will fall further down the depth chart.
Dec 25, 2021 7:59 PM EST
Howell (thigh) was designated to return from injured reserve Friday.
Analysis: Howell doesn't figure to factor into the mix on offense much, owning just five carries for 11 yards all season, but he does contribute on special teams for the Rams. With Howell's 21-day window now open, he could be back in action before the regular season concludes.
Dec 24, 2021 9:12 AM EST
Howell (thigh) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: The running back will miss at least three weeks before he can be activated, though he is expected to return after the minimum stay on IR. With Darrell Hednerson (thigh) questionable to play in Week 13 against the Jaguars, Howell's absence could leave Sony Michel as the Rams' only healthy option in the backfield for the contest. They would likely elevate someone from the practice squad if Henderson were to be out.
Dec 3, 2021 3:52 PM EST
Howell rushed five times for 11 yards on Los Angeles' final two possession during Sunday's 38-22 win over Houston
Analysis: The first-year Ram has suited up for three games this season, but Sunday was the first time he played an offensive snap. Howell is firmly No. 3 on the running back depth chart, at best, and unlikely to receive meaningful fantasy opportunities moving forward barring an injury to Darrell Henderson and/or Sony Michel.
Nov 1, 2021 3:37 PM EST
The Rams signed Howell to the active roster from the practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: Howell had already been elevated for two games with the Rams this season, but he was limited exclusively to special teams in those appearances. It looks like he will be available in a reserve capacity for Sunday's upcoming game against Detroit.
Oct 19, 2021 9:22 AM EST
Howell reverted to the Rams' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transactions report.
Analysis: Howell bumped up to the active roster for Sunday's matchup against the Cardinals, in which he handled 16 snaps on special teams and notched one tackle on kick coverage. He now returns to his usual spot on the scout team.
Oct 5, 2021 5:18 AM EST
Howell has been promoted to the Rams' 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Analysis: With Darrell Henderson (ribs) questionable, the Rams have opted to boost their deptha at running back by adding Howell to their active roster. If Henderson is ultimately unable to go, he will back up Sony Michel and Jake Funk as the team's No. 3 back. He could also see some run on special teams.
Oct 2, 2021 11:41 AM EST
Howell reverted back to the Rams' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction reports.
Analysis: With Darrell Henderson (ribs) questionable, Howell was elevated to the active roster ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Buccaneers. The 25-year-old running back logged 17 snaps on special teams, but he didn't record any stats. Sony Michel paced the Rams' backfield in Henderson's absence with 20 carries for 67 yards.
Sep 28, 2021 9:28 AM EST
The Rams elevated Howell from their practice squad Saturday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Darrell Henderson (ribs) is questionable heading into Sunday night's matchup with the Bucs, so Howell will provide the Rams with some emergency depth at running back. The 25-year-old played in 14 games for Houston in 2020 and totaled 16 carriers for 64 yards.
Sep 25, 2021 11:56 AM EST
Howell signed to the Rams' practice squad Wednesday, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: Howell was waived by the Texans earlier this week but will receive an opportunity on the practice squad in Los Angeles. He played in 14 games for Houston in 2020 and had 16 carries for 64 yards while catching one pass for three yards.
Sep 1, 2021 10:42 PM EST
Howell was waived by the Texans on Monday, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: Howell played 86 offensive snaps over 45 games through three seasons with the Texans. He couldn't secure a roster spot after Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay and Rex Burkhead joined the running back room with holdover David Johnson this offseason.
Aug 30, 2021 7:54 PM EST
Howell was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday,
Analysis: Howell is looking to earn a spot on the Texans' 53-man roster, so his return to training camp will be advantageous for this chances. He has primarily been a special teams contributor for the past three seasons.
Aug 9, 2021 4:13 PM EST
Howell was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, per the NFL's official transaction wire.
Analysis: Howell returns to Houston on a one-year deal after playing 789 special teams snaps for the team over the past three seasons. He'll look to return to training camp once he is fully recovered.
Jul 27, 2021 9:11 PM EST
Howell signed a one-year contract with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The Texans had an option to tender the 24-year-old running back, but they decided to sign him and include guaranteed money instead. Howell mostly contributes on special teams, as he played just 47 offensive snaps in 2020, recording 64 yards on 16 carries and three yards on his lone reception. It's unclear whether David Johnson or Duke Johnson will be back in Houston for the 2021 season, but Howell won't be more than a change-of-pace back regardless.
Feb 23, 2021 1:39 PM EST
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