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Buccaneers Announce Injury Update For TE O.J. Howard

O.J. Howard warms up before a game.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 06: O.J. Howard #80 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the field against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon, they will do so without one of their best offensive players.

Head coach Bruce Arians revealed tight end O.J. Howard won't play this weekend as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Howard, 24, has not had a great start to the 2019 season, though he remains one of the most-talented tight ends in the league. Fans of the Buccaneers are not happy with the team's use of the talented tight end, and he's become the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks.

Those rumors grew louder when the Bucs announced Howard won't play on Sunday.

Here's the official word from Adam Schefter.

Howard has just 13 catches for 176 yards on the season. He has fewer receptions and targets than backup running back Dare Ogunbowale and only has one more catch than backup tight end Cameron Brate.

Earlier this month, Bleacher Report NFL insider Matt Miller reported that the former first-round pick was one of the "hottest names" on the trade market.

Weeks later, Howard popped up on the injury report and won't be on the field this weekend.

Will he be moved before the Tuesday trade deadline? Stay tuned.