Da'Quan Bowers Injury: Buccaneers DE eyes return

With game-changing defensive Adrian Clayborn lost for the season to a knee injury, Tampa Bay's attention could shift towards the return of another injured DE - Da'Quan Bowers. The Buccaneers' defensive end ruptured his Achille's tendon in the offseason, but was placed on the PUP - physically unable to perform - list instead of injured reserve with a hope that he could be back at some point in the 2012 season.

Bowers talked to the Tampa Bay Times Monday about a potential return:

"It's been a long process, since May, it gets overwhelming at times," Bowers said. "You've got to take it day by day. I know what my purpose is, I've got to work hard to get back where I was last year. It's a tough injury to come back from. The staff here has been doing everything in their power to make sure I have a healthy comeback.

If Bowers returns, it wouldn't be until Week 6 at the earliest, as stipulated by the league for any player on the PUP list. Bowers said that a decision to return is entirely up to head coach Greg Schiano, and that he still has four weeks of rehab ahead of him.

For more on the Buccaneers, please be sure to check out out blog Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay for all the latest news and updates.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.