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Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard returned to the practice field at the end of July, but that doesn't mean he's all the way back physically, coming off the Achilles' tendon tear that ended his 2020 season. “He’s not there yet," HC Bruce Arians said in his Monday press conference. "He had a chance to make a couple grimy chances in the end zone today [and] didn’t come up with them. I expect him to make those. He’s still catching up to the speed of it and the physicality of it. He’s been out a long time, so he needs this camp.” Howard remains a later-round flier in all formats, so it's easy to take on the risk that he doesn't rebound all the way. The upside, of course, is that he does get back close to 100% of his previous level and takes the receiving lead among Tampa Bay TEs. We'll see how he progresses through the rest of camp and preseason.

The Buccaneers announced Monday that they have activated TE Cameron Brate off the PUP list. The team never announced what the injury was. Regardless, Brate figures to run 3rd at the position until and unless Rob Gronkowski or O.J. Howard goes down.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate has been placed on the active PUP list to begin training camp. No word on his injury or how long he'll be out. Brate figures to be Tampa's #3 TE this season behind Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard, so he's off the fantasy radar.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate (back) is active for the Super Bowl. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and then didn’t practice on Friday. Brate has caught 11 of 16 targets in Tampa’s 3 playoffs wins, but there’s a chance that he’s limited tonight.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate (back) is questionable for the Super Bowl. After being added to the injury report on Thursday, he didn't practice on Friday. We'll get Brate's game status around 5 pm ET on Sunday. His absence would mean a boost in projections for both TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Antonio Brown.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a back. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Brate is dealing with "discomfort" and was pulled from practice "out of an abundance of caution." It sounds like he'll be fine for the Super Bowl, but check back Friday afternoon for another update.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard will miss the rest of the season with his Achilles injury, according to NFL Network's James Palmer. Howard had been playing a significant role, tallying 19 targets through 4 games. His absence should mean more action for TEs Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate, plus Tampa's WRs.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians called '12' personnel his "base offense" on Thursday. ('12' personnel means 1 RB, 2 WRs and 2 TEs.) The Bucs went '12' on 23% of their snaps last season -- the 8th highest rate in the league. Over the past 2 seasons, only 1 team (the 2019 Eagles) has gone '12' on more than 36% of their snaps. We'll buy the Bucs using more 2-TE looks this year after adding Rob Gronkowski to O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. But don't expect it to be their most common alignment. It's still unlikely that more than 1 of those TEs is a reliable fantasy option. The other result of more 2-TE sets will be more snaps outside the numbers for WR Chris Godwin. That might ding his volume a tad but shouldn't be a big concern overall. Godwin was actually more efficient outside the numbers last season, averaging 2.27 yards per route run vs. 2.22 in the slot.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. Ditto for TE Cameron Brate (ribs), who should be back to his usual role after being limited to 11 snaps last week. Howard is the ultimate risk/reward Week 10 fantasy play against the Cardinals’ 32nd-ranked TE defense.

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Bucs TE Cameron Brate (ribs) is active for today’s game in Seattle. He put in a full practice on Friday, so we’re not overly concerned about the rib injury. Brate is a viable Week 9 spot starter vs. the Seahawks’ 29th-ranked TE defense.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate (ribs) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Seahawks. He was sidelined on Wednesday, limited on Thursday and a full-go on Friday. So Brate should be fine for this weekend's game vs. Seattle's 29th-ranked TE defense. With TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) out, Brate is squarely in the TE1 mix.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) remained sidelined on Thursday, but TE Cameron Brate (ribs) returned to a limited practice. We're tentatively expecting Brate to play against the Seahawks this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate (ribs) joined TE O.J. Howard on the sidelines for Wednesday's practice. We don't have any more information on Brate, who never exited last week's game against the Titans. Tampa promoted TE Jordan Leggett from the practice squad, hinting at at least some concern over Brate's Week 9 availability. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) is out for this weekend's game against the Titans. It looks like he injured that hammy on Wednesday because he didn't practice on Thursday or Friday. Howard's status for Week 9 and beyond is uncertain. His absence on Sunday should mean something close to an every-down role for TE Cameron Brate. Howard, of course, wasn't producing much in that role. But Brate is at least a low-level spot-start option at the weak TE position.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) was held out of Thursday's practice. It looks like he hurt that hammy on Wednesday, putting his Week 8 status in serious doubt. Howard's absence would mean a bigger role for TE Cameron Brate and put him on the spot-start radar.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate underwent surgery last week to repair a torn labrum in his hip, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports. Brate played the "majority" of the season with the injury, according to Laine. That helps explain a disappointing 2018 campaign that saw him finish with 3-year lows in catches (30), yards (289) and yards per catch (9.6). Brate is expected to be sidelined for a few months, and the Bucs are hoping he'll be a full-go by June minicamp.

Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is expected to play today against the Falcons, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Howard is officially questionable with the MCL sprain that knocked him out of Week 4 early. He practiced all week, though, including a full workout Friday. He'll be a risky fantasy option on his own. Howard's return complicates the outlook, however, for Cameron Brate -- 1 of the week's most popular fantasy options at TE. There's still room or Brate to produce worthwhile fantasy numbers with Howard in the lineup, but Howard's return will likely hurt Brate's playing time. In DFS lineups, especially, you might want to pivot to someone such as Steelers TE Vance McDonald at similar prices and lower expected ownership.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Falcons. He put in a full practice on Friday, suggesting he's on track to play. We'll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. If Howard is active, both he and Cameron Brate will be low-end-but-high-upside fantasy plays in what should be a shootout.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's the same injury and timetable as Giants TE Evan Engram. The good news for Howard is that Tampa has a Week 5 bye, so it's possible that he only misses 1 game. He's worth hanging on to in most leagues considering the dearth of fantasy-viable TEs. Between Howard's injury and the return of QB Jameis Winston, TE Cameron Brate's stock is trending up.

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