Jamar Howard to miss 5-6 weeks with leg injury Apr 28, 2015 22:54:50 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Apr 28, 2015 22:54:50 GMT -8
April 28 - Thunder wide receiver Jamar Howard will miss 5-6 weeks with a leg injury, the team and the Arena Football League announced today. He was placed on injured reserve.
The injury will require surgery later this week and is projected to come with five to six weeks recovery time. Howard injured the leg in the second quarter of the April 25 game against the San Jose Sabercats, when he was hit into a wall by the Sabercats' Ken Fontenette after making an 11-yard catch from Kyle Rowley.
Howard is tied for first in the AFL with 13 touchdown catches. He is second in receiving yards with 610 and third in receptions with 45. He has become the team's go-to receiver this season, catching at least eight passes in each of the Thunder's first four games. He had two catches for 25 yards against the Sabercats when the injury occurred.
He played in 11 games for the Thunder last season, catching 44 passes for 664 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Previous to coming to Portland, he played for the Cleveland Gladiators. He also made an appearance in one game with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He caught 71 passes for 1,199 yards and touchdowns in his senior season at Central Missouri.
The Thunder already have several players on injured reserve including OL Max Jean-Gilles, WR Alvance Robinson, DB Andre' Martin, WR Martel Moore, CL Robert Hayes and LB Dexter Davis. AFL rules allow the team to re-activate one player from the list during the season. Commissioner Scott Butera is allowed to increase that number following the week's mid-point, which is after week 10 -- or when each team has played nine of its regular season schedule of 18 games.
In Howard's absence, Rowley will likely look to V'Keon Lacey, Perez Ashford and new acquisition Jared Perry to fill the void.
The Thunder are in Philadelphia to face the 5-0 Soul this weekend. The game is on May 2 and will start at 3 p.m. pacific time. It will be broadcast on 750 The Game in the Portland area, and will be available for streaming through ESPN3. The game can also be followed using our game thread here on SCtoC.
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