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Howell plans to dress for his final Army-Navy game and hopes to run onto the field beforehand.

“I’m definitely dressing but the jogging out, I’m right on the line,” Howell said. “It might have to be a game-time decision and say ‘Hey, guys, I’m going to do it anyway.’ Who’s going to stop me?”

Howell said there is no swelling or pain in his knee and that his recovery two months removed from surgery is going as well as he could hope.

Optimism about Montalvo

Coach Ken Niumatalolo said freshman quarterback Ralph Montalvo, who remains hospitalized in Miami after suffering head injuries in a Nov. 22 car crash, is improving. Montalvo, who goes by the nickname Rafi, underwent a tracheotomy Monday.

“He’s doing better,” Niumatalolo said. “Obviously, it’s still pretty serious, but he’s doing better and better. He has a long road ahead of him.”

Niumatalolo said Montalvo’s medical team has started the process of bringing him out of a medically induced coma. Navy will wear a “Rafi” helmet decal Saturday to honor Montalvo.

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