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ReggieCamp


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:41 pm    Post subject: Bengals LB Thomas Howard tears ACL in practice; Out for year Reply with quote

Howard tore his ACL in practice on Wednesday. The Bengals placed him on IR.

This is a big blow for Cincy. I thought Howard played great against the Ravens last week, and he was their leading tackler last season.

Vontaze Burflict may get a bump in playing time, but in the meantime, the Bengals re-signed LB Rodrick Muckleroy, who was cut during the Bengals' last round of cuts.

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/bengals/2012/09/14/howard-placed-on-ir-muckelroy-re-signed/
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure they wished they had Keith Rivers back now. I think the defense will suffer if they have Skuta, Rey or Muckleroy (who's really more of a MLB) starting.

Tough defense should still be a challenge for most teams (esp the Brownies). Injuries are a part of every NFL season - deal with it.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big loss for us this year. He was our best coverage LB, our defensive leader and leading tackler. It is also a shame for him as he is in a contract year.

Skuta will probably take over for him, and it will be a big downgrade. Hopefully it doesnt hurt our defense too much, but that is probably not realistic
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He sure started off great in Oakland, but fizzled out quickly. Im glad to hear he was doing so well god Cincy.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ochocinco4pres wrote:
Big loss for us this year. He was our best coverage LB, our defensive leader and leading tackler. It is also a shame for him as he is in a contract year.

Skuta will probably take over for him, and it will be a big downgrade. Hopefully it doesnt hurt our defense too much, but that is probably not realistic


Pretty much what I was going to say. Just looking at the Ravens game, he pulled away a DB when he was about to stand over him and trash talk - that veteran presence is big on a defense with a lot of young players with potential.

With ACL injuries, it's hard to blame teams from being skeptical about giving a long-term contract, but I hope he makes some dough next year all the same.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sucks for him and Bengals.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not only does this happen to him, but it happens during practice. Brutal.

Wish him the best recovery.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my favorite ex raiders and one that I desperately wish had never been let go. Hope the best for him.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

such terrible luck to tear an ACL during practice. I feel bad for the guy..
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ochocinco4pres wrote:
Big loss for us this year. He was our best coverage LB, our defensive leader and leading tackler. It is also a shame for him as he is in a contract year.

Skuta will probably take over for him, and it will be a big downgrade. Hopefully it doesnt hurt our defense too much, but that is probably not realistic


Pretty much this. Dontay Moch being suspended for 4 games doesn't help either. Skuta looks good at times, but gets out of position which could lead to big plays.

Going to be a long season...
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has howard done anything since entering the league? I remember liking him at UTEP, but havnt heard anything about him
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JaguarCrazy2832 wrote:
Has howard done anything since entering the league? I remember liking him at UTEP, but havnt heard anything about him

I remember we Raiders use to talk about moving him to SS as he had a bunch of picks one year and was #2 in tackles... Some Raider fans blamed him and Morrison for a poor run defense, but it was Al Davis's D that had the DL in pass rush mode so blockers got to the 2nd level often.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SwiftTexan wrote:
Tough defense should still be a challenge for most teams (esp the Brownies).


Gave Weeden so much trouble, he only had 322 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, completed 70% of his passes, averaged 8.7 yards per attempt for a QB rating of 114.9.

In his 2nd start.
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