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Chris Hovan | Defensive Lineman

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (40) / 5/12/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 296
College: Boston College
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (25) / MIN

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Former Bucs DT Chris Hovan has joined the coaching staff at Chamberlain High in Tampa.
Because of the lockout, it's hard to tell whether Hovan is walking away from the NFL at age 33 or simply picking up side work to keep busy. Hovan missed all of last season with a back injury after signing a one-year deal with the Rams. He was nearing the end of the line heading into 2010. Tue, Apr 26, 2011 03:35:00 PM

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Rams placed DT Chris Hovan (back) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Hovan couldn't overcome persistent back pain, and probably didn't show much on the practice field. The 32-year-old's playing days are nearing an end.
Fri, Aug 6, 2010 05:28:00 PM

Rams signed DT Chris Hovan, formerly of the Bucs.

After the Bucs took Gerald McCoy and Brian Price in the first two rounds of April's draft, Hovan became expendable. Still only 32 with a ton of starting experience, Hovan will help fill the hole left by Adam Carriker in St. Louis' interior line.
Wed, Jun 9, 2010 08:26:00 AM

Bucs released DT Chris Hovan, OG Arron Sears, FB B.J. Askew, P Sam Paulescu, CB Stoney Woodson, and OG Shawn Murphy.

The only surprise here is that Michael Clayton wasn't among the players cut. Hovan, 32 in May, started all but one game for Tampa Bay over the last five seasons. He may get a look from the Giants, as New York DL coach Robert Nunn knows him well. Sears has some sort of mental disorder, believed to be depression-related. Askew is coming off a serious neck injury.
Mon, Apr 26, 2010 03:02:00 PM

The Bucs will release DT Chris Hovan today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

As expected. The Bucs took Gerald McCoy and Brian Price in the first two round of the draft, making Hovan expendable. Hovan, who turns 32 next month, still has enough left to latch on somewhere else as a rotational run-stopper. He just wasn't worth $4 million to the Bucs.
Mon, Apr 26, 2010 11:09:00 AM

The Bucs are reportedly shopping defensive tackles Chris Hovan and Ryan Sims.

Both players were available on Saturday, and the Bucs were unable to find a trade partner. After Gerald McCoy and Brian Price were drafted in the first two rounds, the veterans are no longer needed. They'll likely be released.
Sat, Apr 24, 2010 06:10:00 PM

Bucs NT Chris Hovan gained 30 pounds this offseason and is up to 320.

Hovan played in the 290s in the Bucs' old Tampa 2, but will now be used to "shield" MLB Barrett Ruud. The Bucs suddenly have much more size up front with Roy Miller (310) and Ryan Sims (315) in the rotation. It should benefit Ruud's tackle numbers. The Tampa 2 scheme is clearly becoming outdated.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 04:37:00 PM

Bucs DT Chris Hovan and LB Derrick Brooks will both be active for Tampa Sunday.

Tampa's rush defense suffered badly without Hovan and Jovan Haye for most of the last two games. His return is a plus. Brooks was expected to play despite an injury to his ribs.
Sun, Dec 21, 2008 08:24:00 AM

Bucs NT Chris Hovan was injured in Monday night's loss to the Panthers.

He's not guaranteed to play on Sunday against the Falcons. Tampa noticeably missed fellow starting DT Jovan Haye against the Panthers. Losing Hovan would be great news for Michael Turner.
Tue, Dec 9, 2008 04:24:00 PM

Buccaneers DT Chris Hovan was shaken up in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears.

He stayed on the field for a moment after stuffing Bears RB Cedric Benson, but was then able to walk off under his own power. It took only a series for Hovan to return.
Sun, Dec 17, 2006 01:31:00 PM

Four defensive starters for Tampa are questionable, including DT Chris Hovan (ankle), although Hovan practiced Wednesday.

CB Brian Kelly (toe), LB Ryan Nece (knee) and DT Booger McFarland (hip) all missed practice.
Wed, Sep 20, 2006 05:54:00 PM reports that Chris Hovan's contract is ultimately a one-year contract.

The deal was reported as a five-year, $17 million deal. It's really a one-year deal worth $1.4 million in base salary with a $3 million signing bonus that will require a raise of base salary to $4.5 million in 2007. He will be be cut or required to re-do the deal after 2005.
Mon, Mar 20, 2006 07:03:00 PM

Chris Hovan's new contract is for five years and $17.5 million.

Hovan could have received more as a free agent, but it's still an amazing reversal for a player who had to play for the league minimum last season. It's a terrific deal for Tampa to lock up a young run-stopper for a reasonable price.
Mon, Mar 6, 2006 05:23:00 PM reports that the Bucs have reached an agreement with DT Chris Hovan.

He will reportedly average $3.5 million a season. Hovan was a surprisingly perfect fit in the middle of Tampa's D-line. Details to follow Monday.
Mon, Mar 6, 2006 01:02:00 AM

Bucs DT Chris Hovan is likely to test the free agent market.

Tampa has too many cap problems to sign him right now. Hovan is a perfect fit in Tampa, but could get a nice signing bonus after his comeback season for them.
Thu, Feb 23, 2006 09:26:00 AM

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