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Leading Receiver Jamar Howard placed on Injured Reserve

Wednesday April 29, 2015

 Portland Adds K Kevin Goessling, recalls WR/KR Duane Brooks

PORTLAND – The Portland Thunder placed leading receiver Jamar Howard on injured reserve this afternoon, announced the AFL League Office today.

Jamar exited last weekend’s game in San Jose midway through the second quarter, following an 11 yard reception where he was hit into the wall by SaberCat DB Ken Fontenette. The leg injury will require surgery, to be scheduled later this week. He is expected to have a recovery time of 5 to 6 weeks following the surgery.

Howard’s 45 catches, for 610 yards through five games this season ranks second in the Arena Football League for both statistical receiving categories. His 13 touchdowns has him tied for first.

Howard - 2015 Game by Game:
WK1 LA: 8 REC, 114 YDS; 2 CAR, 5 YDS WK2 TB: 15 REC, 221 YDS, 4 TDS; 3 CAR, 9 YDS; 2 TKLS WK3 SPK: 11 REC, 112 YDS, 2 TDS; 2 CAR, -2 YDS WK4 @ARI: 9 REC, 138 YDS, 4 TDS WK5 @SJ: 2 REC, 25 YDS

The Thunder have been assigned former kicker Oakland Raider Kevin Goessling. The former Fresno State man replaces K Michael Braunstein, who was reassigned on Tuesday. Goessling was a mini-camp invitee in 2012 with the Bears, and saw preseason action with the Oakland Raiders in 2014.

Kevin was a three-time All-WAC selection at Fresno State playing in 52 games over four years. He is the Bulldogs All-Time Leading Scorer (373 points), and holds school records for highest FG percentage (93.8%), highest combined FG/PAT percentage (98.5%), longest FG made (58 yards). Goessling was also a 2-Time Lou Groza Award Semi-Finalist, and a Sports Illustrated All-American.

WR/KR Duane Brooks has been recalled from reassignment. He was originally placed on recallable reassignment on 4/23/15. Brooks has appeared in four of five games for the Thunder this season, averaging 8.25 yards per catch while tallying 12 receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown. Returning, Brooks averaged 18.7 yards from 20 attempts for 374 yards.

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