“I Have Four Weeks To Go,” Says Da’Quan Bowers

September 24th, 2012

As the Buccaneers and their emerging defensive line mourn the apparent season-ending knee injury to Adrian Clayborn, one must wonder how DaQuan Bowers’ recovery from an Achilles tear is going.

Thankfully, Bowers was in the locker room today and provided an update.

Bowers said he feels good, that his greatest challenges are mental and not physical, and he has “four weeks to go” and would be ready to play then if coaches give him the go-ahead.

Joe admires Bowers’ spirit and determination, but Joe doesn’t see the value in rushing back Bowers even if he’s cleared by doctors to get off the physically unable to perform list and start practicing. Maybe it would make sense if the Bucs were in some sort of legitimate playoff chase. Maybe. 

Let Bowers really heal fully and come back hungry and healthy next season.

23 Responses to ““I Have Four Weeks To Go,” Says Da’Quan Bowers”

  1. dan Says:

    Baloney joe. i say, tell the doctors to play it as conservative as possible, but once cleared, make sure he is in shape, then let him go.

  2. ElioT Says:

    You can’t rush this guy back and risk further injury. Put Bowers on IR and make sure he’s 100% for 2013. The Bucs can’t afford to not have #93, #94 and #91 on the field together next year at full strength. The D line has been such a focus of the previous two years drafts, they have to make sure those guys can play together at least at some point. Don’t risk further delays, other areas must be focused on in upcoming drafts and FA.

  3. robert Says:

    he’s a grown man, if he wants to risk it…it’s on him. I say put him in if wants to play.

  4. ElioT Says:

    Let George Johnson and #50 get their chance.

    BTW: The Bucs better resign Michael Bennett!!!!

  5. Justin Says:

    I’ll argue that we have the most talent in the NFL at defensive line. Problem is we can never get these guys on the field at the same time.

  6. bucfanjeff Says:

    How do any of us know his achilles is NOT ready or NOT 100% in 4 weeks?

    All you guys must have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  7. ctord Says:

    I don’t think anyone will rush him back but like Joe, I think they wait until next year. It will be like adding a high draft pick for nothing.

  8. Ben Says:

    I’d err on the side of caution, but I’m definitely pulling for him to be back this year.

  9. Snook Says:

    I’d rather not rush him back either… I’d rather not ruin our draft status and miss out on a QB next year.

  10. OB Says:

    Joe, I agree with you 100%. If we are in the playoffs, fine – activate him, if not no need.

  11. Bobby Says:

    My guess is the ones paying him the money will make the decision….not us and not Bowers.

  12. raphael Says:

    I think Bowers will be ready and play well ! # 91 # 91 #91 #91 # 91 #91 # 91

    @ snook we already have a franchise QB..his name is Josh Freeman and he wears # 5.

  13. Miguel Grande Says:

    D’Quan Bower’s agent will not let him run the dreaded and totally unnecessary 110X16 torture tests. If he attempts to come back early and totally tears his Achilles tendon in two, he might be loading UPS trucks for a living forever.

    His agent only has to point out Brian Price.

    Does anyone here think that the Little General might waive the gauntlets for the good of the team?

  14. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    Chip Kelly and that Oregon offense sure looks good right about now. If the snag truly was that Marcell Dominik refused to give up personnel power to Kelly which in turn brought us Greg Schiano then I can only pray that Dominik is relieved of his duties as well.

  15. Orlandobucsfan Says:

    Here we go again first this conditioning test was passed by all the players on the bucs current roster and I have to say they don’t look exhausted during games because they ran the “gauntlet” months ago. Secondly the little general has vastly improved this team not only during games when it comes to the score board but they are much more disciplined. McCoy even says it himself he loves these coaches because he can go to them whenever he pleases the door is always open. Please stop with your constant negativity every time you post I don’t know how even you can stand it.
    Also I hope Freeman goes to sullivan like McCoy went to Sheridan and steps up as the captain of the offense. IMO we need to see tremendous growth from freeman on and off the field his buddy Raheem isn’t here anymore he will be held accountable.

  16. Derek Says:

    Way to throw in the towel on a 1-2 team joe

  17. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    If he is ready, bring him back. He doesn’t have to start right away. George and co will get their chance ubtil then.

    It really isn’t rocket science. Back does not have to mean active before ready.

  18. Dave Says:

    Don’t rush him.

    Give Johnson and Watson some reps.

    What is the status of Clayborn?

  19. aj Says:

    I think if he is healthy enough to participate in practice then you bring him back. But you don’t have to put him in on gameday. Let him soak in some practices and reps and get some experience under his belt for this season. Something he can build off of for next year.

  20. Patrick Says:

    Even if Freeman busts, I don’t want Barkley at all. USC quarterbacks suck in the NFL. Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez are perfect examples.

  21. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I couldn’t agree more Patrick. It’s pretty easy to play QB when you OL is dominant, so you never get touched. It also doesn’t hurt that your WR’s are typically the best in the country. And oh yeah, they don’t play any defense in your conference.

  22. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Clayborne was put on IR today. His season is over before it really started.

  23. Rrsrq Says:

    Put a call into Simeon Rice, isn’t he trying to make a comeback…jk