Howard hauled in his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 31-15 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Howard began the 2021 campaign on the Eagles' practice squad but joined the active roster for the first time at the end of October. He landed a contract in November and appeared in seven total regular-season games. He recorded double-digit touches in each of those appearances but was limited in the wild-card round since Miles Sanders and Boston Scott were available. Across his seven regular-season appearances, Howard tallied 86 carries for 406 yards and three touchdowns while catching two of five targets for 19 yards. The 27-year-old is slated to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason.
Jan 17, 2022 12:45 PM EST
Howard and Boston Scott are expected to rotate in behind lead option Miles Sanders (hand) for reps out of the backfield in Sunday's wild-card game against the Buccaneers, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: Howard and Scott were sidelined for the regular-season finale against Dallas due to stints on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while Sanders was out for the second game in a row as he continued to recover from hand surgery. When Sanders was idle for the Week 17 win in Washington, Scott played a position-leading 52 percent of the offensive snaps and took 14 carries for 47 yards and two scores to go with four receptions for 39 yards, while Howard played 34 percent of snaps and finished with 11 carries for 26 yards. Both Howard and Scott will be hard pressed to see double-digit touches in the postseason opener, as head coach Nick Sirianni said that Sanders will face "no limitations" this Sunday after practicing fully Friday, according to Geoff Mosher of InsideTheBirds.com. That said, Sanders hasn't topped 60 percent of snaps since Week 6, so the Eagles should have small roles in the game plan available for both Howard and Scott. Scott is a decent bet to serve as a change-of-pace option who can relieve Sanders if there's any question about his ability to catch the ball securely in his return from the hand injury, while Howard's sturdy six-foot, 222-pound frame makes him well suited for short-yardage and goal-line work.
Jan 14, 2022 1:42 PM EST
The Eagles reinstated Howard (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.
Analysis: Philadelphia restored all of its players on the virus list to the active roster ahead of Sunday's wild-card game in Tampa Bay, including three key skill-position players in Howard and Boston Scott along with tight end Dallas Goedert. Meanwhile, No. 1 back Miles Sanders (hand) was sidelined along with Howard and Scott in the Eagles' Week 18 loss to the Cowboys, which allowed Kenneth Gainwell (12 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown, four catches for nine yards) to fill a three-down role. Sanders' status heading into the Eagles' wild-card round game in Tampa Bay this weekend isn't yet clear, but if he's not ready to go, Howard and Scott would likely share most of the carries, while Gainwell would serve as more of a change-of-pace option.
Jan 10, 2022 1:21 PM EST
Howard (illness) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Saturday's game against the Cowboys, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: As does Boston Scott (illness), and with Miles Sanders out with a hand injury, look for Kenneth Gainwell to head the Eagles' Week 18 rushing attack, while Jason Huntley is available to mix in as well. Howard and Scott thus will need to clear the NFL's COVID-19 protocols in order to be available for the team's postseason opener next weekend.
Jan 8, 2022 1:31 PM EST
Howard has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Analysis: As was Boston Scott, so until one or both backs are able to clear the NFL's COVID protocols, the Eagles' top available backfield option is Kenneth Gainwell, given that Miles Sanders (hand) is unlikely to play Saturday night against the Cowboys.
Jan 3, 2022 2:18 PM EST
Howard rushed the ball 11 times for 26 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over Washington.
Analysis: Howard was limited in practice throughout the week due to a stinger, and that injury may have limited his volume and efficiency against Washington. He only saw three fewer carries than Boston Scott in the absence of Miles Sanders (hand), but he gave way in goal-line situations to Scott -- who found the end zone twice. As is typical, Howard was not involved in the passing attack leaving an abysmal stat line as the result. That could turn around in a Week 18 matchup against Dallas if Howard returns to health and Sanders remains sidelined.
Jan 2, 2022 7:50 PM EST
Howard (stinger) is listed as active Sunday at Washington.
Analysis: Howard picked up a stinger last Sunday against the Giants and opened Week 17 prep with no activity at Wednesday's session. When he stepped on the practice field Thursday, he noticeably was sporting extra protection around his shoulder pads, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Howard capped the week with back-to-back limited listings but still earned a questionable tag. All along, he seemed poised to be available to the Eagles offense, and indeed he'll be just that Sunday. With Miles Sanders (hand) out of commission, Howard will join forces with Boston Scott out of the backfield, while Kenneth Gainwell is on hand as a change-of-pace option. When Sanders previously sat out Weeks 8-10 this season, Philadelphia operated with a similar setup, which amounted to 41 carries for 211 yards and three touchdowns for Howard across those three contests. Meanwhile, Scott had 35 touches for 205 yards from scrimmage and two TDs, and Gainwell turned 18 touches into 44 total yards and one score.
Jan 2, 2022 8:33 AM EST
Howard (stinger), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Washington, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: With Miles Sanders (hand) ruled out, the Eagles hope Howard can join Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell in the backfield. That was the plan Weeks 8 through 10 when Sanders was sidelined by an ankle injury, with Howard averaging 13.7 carries for 70.3 yards and 1.0 touchdowns in a three-game stretch. Scott was also reasonably productive with 11.0 carries for 60.3 yards and 0.67 touchdowns, while Gainwell averaged only six touches and 12.1 yards per game.
Jan 1, 2022 10:41 PM EST
Howard (stinger) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Washington, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: With Miles Sanders (hand) already ruled out, the Eagles hope Howard can join Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell in the backfield. That was the plan Weeks 8-10 when Sanders was sidelined by an ankle injury, with Howard averaging 13.7 carries for 70.3 yards and 1.0 TD in a three-game stretch. Scott was also reasonably productive with 11.0 carries for 60.3 yards and 0.67 TDs, while Gainwell averaged only six touches and 12.1 yards per game. In any case, Howard could be a game-time decision ahead of the 1:00 ET kickoff this Sunday, having finished the week with back-to-back limited practices after sitting out Wednesday's session.
Dec 31, 2021 10:34 AM EST
Howard (stinger) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.
Analysis: While Howard didn't practice Wednesday due to the stinger he picked up this past Sunday versus the Giants, coach Nick Sirianni told Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia that the running back was "working like crazy" to be available Week 17 at Washington. Indeed, Howard was spotted on the field Thursday working in individual drills with extra padding on around his shoulders, per Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer. With Miles Sanders (hand) out for Sunday's game, Howard and Boston Scott would figure to man the backfield, assuming the former gains clearance to play through his injury.
Dec 30, 2021 1:01 PM EST
Howard (stinger) didn't practice Wednesday, but coach Nick Sirianni said the running back hopes to be ready for Sunday's game against Washington, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: With Miles Sanders (hand) already out for at least one week, an absence from Howard could leave Boston Scott to handle a sizable workload on the ground, with rookie Kenneth Gainwell also in line for a role. At this stage, Howard still hopes to play, though he missed eight games with a similar injury back in 2019. Sanders, meanwhile, hasn't been ruled out beyond the upcoming game and isn't expected to land on IR.
Dec 29, 2021 1:10 PM EST
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said Howard (neck) could play Sunday in Washington, depending on how quickly the running back recovers from the stinger he suffered in the Week 16 victory over the Giants, EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: Before departing with the injury, Howard carried nine times for 37 yards and reeled in two of four targets for 19 yards. If he demonstrates enough progress in recovery over the next few days, Howard could find himself as the Eagles' lead ball carrier against the Football Team, as Sirianni has already ruled out No. 1 back Miles Sanders (hand) for Week 17. Beyond Howard, Boston Scott and rookie Kenneth Gainwell loom as challengers to poach snaps at running back, while mobile quarterback Jalen Hurts is always a threat to pilfer red-zone carries.
Dec 27, 2021 11:59 AM EST
Howard sustained a stinger during Sunday's contest versus the Giants.
Analysis: Miles Sanders departed prior to Howard with a hand issue of his own, and now Howard has been forced to the locker room in the fourth quarter. If Howard is unable to return, he'll end Week 16 with nine carries for 37 yards and two catches (on four targets) for 19 yards. Beyond Sanders and Howard, the Eagles have Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell as options to fill in in the backfield.
Dec 26, 2021 12:58 PM EST
Howard (knee) was a full participant at Thursday's walkthrough.
Analysis: Howard opened Week 16 prep with a limited listing on Wednesday's injury report before bumping up to all activity one day later. The same can't be said for Miles Sanders (quadriceps), who has yet to practice this week. It's unclear if Sanders is trending toward an absence Sunday against the Giants, but Howard could be in line for more touches than normal, even if the former is active. In five appearances for the Eagles this season, Howard has averaged 5.2 yards on his 66 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Dec 23, 2021 1:45 PM EST
Howard (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
Analysis: After missing back-to-back games with the knee injury, Howard returned Tuesday night and took 15 carries for 69 yards in a 27-17 win over Washington, handling a sizable role behind lead back Miles Sanders (20 touches for 146 yards). Meanwhile, Kenneth Gainwell logged just six offensive snaps and Boston Scott only played special teams. Assuming no setbacks with the knee, Howard could push for a similar workload this Sunday against the last-place Giants.
Dec 22, 2021 1:55 PM EST
Howard rushed 15 times for 69 yards and recovered a fumble in the Eagles' 27-17 win over Washington on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Howard's return from a two-game absence due to a knee injury was a success, and even with Miles Sanders excelling in his lead-back capacity, the veteran was able to put together a strong performance in his own right. Howard has logged double-digit carries in all five games he's seen action in this season, but his complete lack of a passing game role does cap his overall upside. Additionally, it's worth noting the Eagles had the luxury of running 70 total plays Tuesday, which afforded Howard the luxury of a hefty workload despite Sanders logging 18 carries himself.
Dec 21, 2021 8:48 PM EST
Howard (knee) was a full practice participant Friday, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: Coach Nick Sirianni told the media before Friday's practice that Howard would be back for the Week 15 matchup with Washington. With the game now pushed back to Tuesday and Howard logging a full practice, all signs point to the veteran stepping back into his committee role off the bench behind Miles Sanders.
Dec 17, 2021 1:48 PM EST
Howard (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Three of the Eagles' key contributors on the ground -- Howard, running back Miles Sanders (ankle) and quarterback Jalen Hurts (ankle) -- were all limited for the second practice in a row, a development that bodes well for each player's chances of gaining clearance for Sunday's game against Washington. Since he missed two straight games before the Eagles' Week 14 bye while Hurts missed one and Sanders missed none, Howard is likely most in need of returning to full participation in Friday's practice to guarantee his availability for Sunday. If cleared to play, Howard would likely handle a complementary role behind Sanders.
Dec 16, 2021 2:00 PM EST
Howard (knee) was limited at Wednesday's walkthrough.
Analysis: Howard was sidelined for the Eagles' final two contests before the team's Week 14 bye, the result of a knee injury. Wednesday's activity marked his first since picking up the issue Week 11, so he appears to be on a potential path to active status Sunday against Washington. Both Howard and Miles Sanders (ankle) were listed as limited to kick off Week 15 prep, so the Eagles could have a completely intact backfield in the near future.
Dec 15, 2021 1:28 PM EST
Howard (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: Howard hasn't returned to practice and will now miss a second straight game, but the upcoming bye in Week 14 does improve his odds to avoid a third absence. Boston Scott (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 13, while Miles Sanders (ankle) has been cleared from the injury report. Behind them, rookie Kenneth Gainwell figures to get some snaps, particularly on pass plays.
Dec 3, 2021 9:42 AM EST
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