In back-to-back seasons, the Bengals have suffered tough, season-ending injuries to their best coverage linebackers. In the early portion of 2012, the team lost Thomas Howard, who had a great previous season, in a practice. This preseason, the team lost Emmanuel Lamur to a shoulder injury, who helped to step in for Howard last year. Now, the Bengals are reportedly looking at bringing Howard in for a visit this week because of the injury to Lamur.
It's funny how the NFL works, isn't it?
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis addressed the Howard visit rumors on Monday with the local media and appeared confident in how they are approaching the situation.
Marvin Lewis on Thomas Howard visit tomorrow: "There's a plan".— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) September 2, 2013
Marvin says Howard feels good about his rehab and they'll give him a look.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) September 2, 2013
If Howard appears that he has recovered well enough from his injury, the team might leap to sign him. They went light in the position group on the final roster, giving most the impression that a late addition might take place. Given Lewis' affinity for Howard, it could be a very realistic possibility that Howard re-appears in Cincinnati.
Again, it all depends on that knee of his.