Buccaneers’ TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) will miss Sunday’s game

Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard (80) reacts during the second quarter against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without tight end O.J. Howard for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans due to a hamstring injury.

Tampa Bay’s head coach Bruce Arians announced on Frida that the team’s top tight end would not be able to suit up for this week’s game due to the injury that limited him in practice throughout the week.

Howard, who appeared to come out of the team’s Week 6 game healthy then popped up on the injury report following its bye week, hasn’t been as involved in the passing attack as many hoped coming into the season.

The 24-year-old has hauled in just 13 catches for 175 receiving yards and hasn’t found the end zone in six games. In Howard’s absence, tight end Cameron Brate will likely step into a larger role in the passing game.