UPDATE 5:10 PM
It’s believed the Bengals are bringing in old friend Thomas Howard this week to get updated on the ACL he tore in practice 353 days ago. He plays Lamur’s spot (and he was the best backer on the 2011 playoff club), but it seems to be more of a re-check and one of the many workouts the Bengals often hold on Tuesdays. If they think Howard can help, they won’t do anything until next week.
Considering that Howard hasn’t played in nearly a year, who knows what sort of shape he is in. Doesn’t hurt though to kick tires
— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) September 1, 2013
The Bengals linebacking corp may be the thinnest position on the roster right now, and Marvin Lewis made it clear the team was going to look to add a sixth LB via waivers after final roster cuts left them with just five backers. That simply won’t cut it in today’s NFL, and if Cincinnati can’t find an adequate player on the waiver wire, the man who could get a call is former starting weakside LB Thomas Howard.
After tearing his ACL during a Week 2 practice last year, Howard was lost for the year, and Vontaze Burfict emerged in his place to take over the WLB spot. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke with Howard this offseason about the progress he’s making after tearing his ACL.