Tarik Cohen had 20 touches to 11 for Howard against the Buccaneers. Howard refused to speak to media after the game but said Wednesday, "I wasn't frustrated, I was happy.
We won." Head coach Matt Nagy said the split role at running back isn't going away. "Jordan understands what we're trying to do as a team," Nagy said. "And he also understands - and we've talked - that he has a major part of this offence. He has a big-time role. But if it's an advantage for us to go a different direction for that game or for that play or that series, we're going to do that."
Detroit Lions: Offensive line coach Jeff Davidson is thrilled by the progress of rookie first-round pick Frank Ragnow, who hasn't missed a snap in the first five games as a starter at left guard.
Davidson said the trait that sets Ragnow, who played centre at Arkansas, apart from in the early going is a professional approach. "The big thing is just trying to find one thing to improve on each week going forward, knowing the cumulative effect for him is going to be good in the long haul," Davidson said.
"He's actually gotten better in a lot of different areas. He is progressing in the way he goes about it, and it makes my job easier because it's important to him. I think he's becoming more comfortable with the position. I think there's a confidence that goes with understanding the position - understanding the guys around him."
Green Bay Packers: Cornerback Kevin King, who missed two games with a hamstring injury and returned to the field last week only to leave on a cart, is taking a little heat in the locker room for the mode of transport used for his injury at Detroit. King took a cleat to the face requiring stitches and -- a motorized cart took him to the locker room where he was stitched up to return. "I was kind of sceptical about it at first," King joked.
"I'm like, 'Can we just run over there?' They were like, it's only five minutes left. We were on the other side of the field. So drove us over there, got it stitched up. Actually never had stitches before. That was new, a new opportunity, I guess. Or a new experience." King will practice Thursday with the Packers and be on the field against the 49ers on Monday night.
Minnesota Vikings: Rookie cornerback Mike Hughes turned in another productive outing Sunday at Philadelphia, logging all 59 snaps with the Vikings' defence.
Hughes, a first-round pick out of UCF, has played at least 50 snaps in three of the first five games. Hughes worked almost exclusively at the nickel position in Week 1 but has quickly evolved to an expanded role, bringing additional flexibility to a strong secondary.
With Trae Waynes clearing concussion protocol on Wednesday, Hughes expects to be back in the slot this week. He allowed a 48-yard reception plus a touchdown pass to tight end, Zach Ertz, last week. "I still feel like I leave some plays out there I can make," said Hughes, "but that's why we get back to work every week, and hopefully I can make those plays."
(With inputs from agencies.)