Da’Quan Bowers Confirms Surgery; Says He’s Not 100 PercentJune 25th, 2014
Exasperated rumbles rippled through Tampa sports bars and all the way to NFL.com after Tampa Tribune beat scribe Roy Cummings delivered word from Bucs defensive line coach Joe Cullen saying Da’Quan Bowers was out of shape early this month.
Bowers has now weighed in on the uproar. He’s not pleased with the media.
Speaking to WXBT-AM in South Carolina last week, prior to hosting a youth football camp in his hometown, Bowers confirmed what former Bucs defensive coordinators Bill Sheridan said was coming when Bowers went to injured reserve before Week 17 last year. Sheridan had claimed Bowers was “nursing” a knee issue for all of 2013 and predicted that repairing it would lead to a Bowers revival.
The NFL.com story about Bowers being out of shape included no mention of Bowers’ rehabilitation.
“First of all, I’m coming back off a surgery on my knee that I had in December,” Bowers said. “Second of all, you know, people tend to write what they want to write, which I have no control over what they’re going to write. But I prefer that they write about truthful things, not just say things that, you know. But it really doesn’t matter what they say. The coaches, the staff, the trainers, we’ve all been working together since April. So they pretty much have a feel of how far along I am and what I need to do this offseason to make sure that I come back [ready] for the season.
“I’m definitely not a 100 percent, but by the time fall camp comes I’ll be close to it,” Bowers said. “I’ve worked extensively with the training staff. And I’ve practiced every day. I haven’t missed a practice [through] minicamp or OTAs. I’ve practiced every practice. I’ve gotten better each and every day. That’s something to build on.”
It’s still unclear what was wrong with Bowers’ knee last season. Regardless, Bowers is now sixth months removed from this mysterious surgery and is not 100 percent. That likely wouldn’t be the case if it was a simple arthroscopic procedure. But at the same time, Bowers is practicing without restriction? Something is off.
Joe has to put Bowers in Luke Stocker territory after this revelation. The guy has been hurt in each of his three NFL seasons, and now he’ll enter his fourth, a contract year, with a problem, in addition to his work ethic being publicly challenged by Greg Schiano during last year’s training camp.
In the radio interview, Bowers said he’ll resume training at Clemson University this week. Joe will hope for a miracle.