No Lingering Effects For Da’Quan BowersOctober 28th, 2012
Thursday night for the first time all season, Da’Quan Bowers suited up for the Bucs and took some snaps.
Bowers tore an Achilles working out at One Buc Palace in May, and Thursday marked a remarkable recovery by any standard. Before Bowers took off for Minneapolis with the team Wednesday, he told Joe he didn’t know if he would be activated or not (after a sitdown with Bucs coach Greg Schiano, he was activated.)
Bowers played exclusively at right defensive end and mainly on third down, sort of filling part of the void left by injured Adrian Clayborn. Despite his first game, and in some people’s eyes rushing back from a nasty injury, Bowers told Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune he was no worse for wear.
“There was no tentativeness there at all,” said Bowers, who was activated hours before kickoff. “I’d been on the field enough (in practice) so I wasn’t afraid to push or spin or turn or plant or anything.”
Bowers return sure helps replace Clayborn, thought Bowers, at least for a while, won’t be playing every play like Clayborn did.
At least Bowers gives the Bucs much-needed depth. Joe sure hopes Bowers isn’t pushing the envelope too much in trying to return to the field.