Buccaneers Place 5 Players On IR Including TE O.J. Howard, Promote Three

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Wednesday that they’ve placed S Justin Evans, LB Adarius Glanton, CB Vernon Hargreaves, TE O.J. Howard and G J.R. Sweezy on injured reserve.

The Buccaneers’ practice squad now consists of:

  1. LB Eric Nzeocha (International)
  2. WR Jake Lampman
  3. OT Givens Price
  4. DB Reese Fleming
  5. DE Patrick Gamble
  6. OT Brad Seaton
  7. DE Sterling Bailey
  8. DB Cody Riggs
  9. FB Austin Johnson
  10. WR Devin Lucien
  11. OL Avery Young

Howard, 23, was taken in the first round of this year’s NFL draft by the Buccaneers. He signed a four-year, $11.094 million contract that included a $6.208 million signing bonus and he stands to make base salaries of $969,312 and $1.47 million over the next two years.

Howard’s contract includes a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2020.

In 2017, Howard appeared in 14 games for the Buccaneers and caught 26 passes for 432 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 70 tight end out of 74 qualifying players.

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