During a Week 6 victory against the Kansas City Chief, Howard suffered an MCL tear in his right knee, where he missed the following two contests. Although he returned for the Texans Week 9 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team ruled Howard for the remainder of the season following Week 12.
“I’m feeling pretty good……I’m still in the rehab process,” Howard said in an interview with Drew Dougherty of Texans TV. “I’m excited to be ready for this season. I’m just ready to get back on the field, and do what I can do to help my team win football games.”
Houston selected Howard with their No. 23rd pick during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Alongside Pro-Bowler Laremy Tunsil and veteran Zach Fulton, the Alabama State prodigy was apart of the Texans’ attempt to rebuild their offensive line to protect their franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson.
As a rookie who started eight games, seven at right tackle, Howard received a PPF grade of 59.4, allowing two sacks and five penalties in 488 offensive snaps last season.
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