Post by DiamondThief on Aug 6, 2015 18:28:10 GMT -8
Aug. 6 -- The Portland Thunder today activated wide receiver Jamar Howard, who has missed the past three-and-a-half months with a leg injury.
Howard will be eligible to play in the Thunder's regular season finale this Saturday against the Arizona Rattlers in Phoenix. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
The injury, which required surgery, was originally supposed to come with a 5-6 week 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.
At the time of the injury, Howard was tied for first in the AFL with 13 touchdown catches, was second in receiving yards with 610 and was third in receptions with 45. He had 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 have had several players on injured reserve this season, including OL Max Jean-Gilles, WR Alvance Robinson, DB Andre' Martin, WR Martel Moore, CL Robert Hayes and LB Dexter Davis.
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