By: Chris Dommermuth
According to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twitter page, DE Da’Quan Bowers has torn his Achilles tendon while participating in the team’s off season workout programs.
It not yet clear if it’s a partial or full tear of the ligament so the time table is uncertain for his return. Shortly after the Bucs announced his injury via twitter, Bowers used the same social media forum to explain that he plans on being back sometime this season.
“2013?? Get real… I’m playing THIS year 2012″ -Da’Quan Bowers through his twitter feed.
The injury leaves the Bucs very thin at DE. Bowers was a second round pick last season. He was looked at as a top-5 talent coming out of Clemson, but was recovering from micro-fracture knee surgery that had many team questioning his stability and length of career.
The Bucs were looking forward to he, and last season’s first round pick Adrian Claiborne to start at both DE spots. Bowers started off slow last season but showed improvement as the season went on. Michael Bennett will likely replace Bowers.
Look for the Bucs to sign a veteran free agent over next week or so to serve as a backup to Bennett in order to add some depth.