Watch For Bowers In 2014December 27th, 2013
Now this should spread immense hope and optimism throughout the Tampa Bay area for the next eight months leading into the 2014 season.
Struggling defensive end Da’Quan Bowers “has never been well” this season, Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said.
Bowers was placed on injured reserve yesterday with a bad knee, not the one that plagued him in college and early in 2011 with the Bucs.
“I’m hoping actually the surgery will help him. Because I think he’s, and maybe people wouldn’t be aware, I know for a fact he’s nursing that all year,” Sheridan said. “You know he’s never been well. And so, you know, you’re trying to decide all season on whether or not to make that move. ‘Is he healthy enough to play? Can he at least play on third down? Or are we better off just getting surgery and getting him cleaned up and letting him rehab for an offseason and come back?
“I think you’ll see a different guy next season.”
Earier this week, Greg Schiano said Bowers already had surgery in recent days for “kind of a wash out deal” on the knee.
Joe’s somewhat speechless. Bowers was largely ineffective. Why not just pull the plug on him and a get a live body on the field? Was Steven Means not better than an injured Bowers? Why not get a look at a player off the street and let Bowers heal? It’s not like the Bucs were hunting a playoff berth.
If nothing else, this surely means 23-year-old Bowers will be back for his fourth season in Tampa, the final year of his inexpensive contract. He’s been hurt for three seasons, so the Bucs have never really seen what he is. Or maybe they have.