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May 10, 2012 @ 3:51 pm
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Bowers Tears Achilles, Will Likely Miss 2012

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Mark Cook

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The Buccaneers suffered their first significant injury under new head coach Greg Schiano Thursday, when second-year defensive end Da'Quan Bowers tore an Achilles tendon. The Buccaneers announced surgery most likely will take place on Friday.
All the enthusiasm about the offseason that had the Buccaneers organization and its fans brimming with excitement came to a screeching halt somewhat Thursday afternoon, when Tampa Bay announced that second-year defensive end Da’Quan Bowers tore an Achilles tendon during a conditioning workout. Achilles tendon injuries, depending on the severity, can take as long as one year to rehab.

Bowers was a second-round draft pick out of Clemson in 2011, and at one point was ranked on several draft boards as the No.1 rated player coming out of college. But concerns about his knee hurt his stock and he fell to the Buccaneers in the second round.

Bowers collected 25 tackles in his rookie season along with 1.5 sacks. The Buccaneers, in what now turns out to b a wise moved, re-signed defensive end Michael Bennett to a one-year deal before the start of free agency. Bennett started 10 of the 14 games he played in at left defensive end.

Tampa also made two roster moves when they officially announced the signing of former Patriots and Rutgers receiver Tiquan Underwood and also announced the release of quarterback Jordan Jefferson who was signed after the three-day rookie mini-camp last weekend.

In addition, the Buccaneers also reached an contract agreement with West Virginia cornerback and sixth-round draft pick Keith Tandy.





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    I've had achilles sjurgery. It is not fun. But he is a young guy and should be able to make a recovery unless it is really severe. I got 4 titanium screws in my ankle. I am 55 and probably won't wrestle aligators anynmore , but I wouldn't scratch this guy off yet.
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    Someone needs to get Zig Ziegler into One Buc Place. For him to have suffered a stress injury on the other side is very common, and was completely preventable. A shame.
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    Well fans its ashambe that Bowers will not be here for the 2012 season,But he must be patient and make sure he is ready for the 2013 season. Iam glad that Tandy has been sign. and go the wr from Ne its give Freeman more firepower in 20112. I also make a comment that qb Jefferson was waived,Is there a way he could go on the Practice squadf! I apploud Tampa getting those two dt acquired via FA in case one of the young studs went down hats off for that planinmg Go Bucs
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    i hope he has a full recovery i really like bowers i think he will be a bookend with clayborn on the end mccoy an price in the middle with some good depth behind them our dline stays healthy our whole D should be better
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    I read a post about going for osi. to dream the impossible dream
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    So why was J Jefferson signed in the 1st place??
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    Jefferson was signed because he's an athlete of interest. Kind of has the same qualities of Kentucky QB Derrick Ramsey (Who won the Wildcats an SEC title under ex Tampa U coach Fran Curci) and who was converted to an all pro TE for the Raiders. And like Talib, he'll have his day in court. Last I checked a man is presumed innocent until proven guilty in this Country. Things were different under Hitler and Mussilini.....but you know how they fared in the long run!!!!
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    %#$dammit! This couldn't have come at a worse time for Bowers seeing as how he will miss all the offseason work this year and he didn't get to have any last year. At least he saw some playing time on the field last year. Hopefully it's just a partial tear and he'll be back later in the year like Economos (sp?) did last year. Injuries are the part of this game I detest the most. There is no way to completely prevent them, you can't predict them and they usually ruin an entire team's season.
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    Dominick note to self, don't draft any more D ends from Clemsen.
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    If Bowers is out for the year, maybe McCoy can play DE if his weight is still around 285lbs. Espaecially if they mix in some 3-4 during games.
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    We'll have to wait until after the surgery and the Doctor explanation what he had to do and didn't have to do. He's young and can make a full recovery, but this season might be in complete jepoardy; here's hoping that it is not.
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    I hope he gets back soon. Why is Tampa the most injury prone team in the NFL? What is the deal?
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    Cigarfox Tampa isn't the most injury prone team in the NFL, it's just that their fans *censored* the loudest. The other teams get serious injuries too....They just use the stoic approach and SUCK IT UP AND GO!!!! I wouldn't want DaQuan to hurry back this season as the achilles is a very serious injury and rushing back could do more harm than good. DaQuan is still a valuable player in the Bucs future and I would hate to see a rash decision totally derail his career.
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    I love being sensored by a rag that advertises with the Todd adult theatre. It's kinda hypocritical don't you think? This rag isn't nearly what it used to be anyway. I think they must pay you guys by the word.....There seems to be an exuberence of verbosity. I'm sorry I said the word "*censored*" as it pertains to complains or carps. It's obvious to me your high regard for womanhood based on your choice of advertisers. You guys live in a glass house and you cast stones at me. I say this as I look at the girl in the ref outfit's cheeks.....And I don't mean the ones on her face either!!!!
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    Maybe we can call the Giants and talk Osi! Make a deal for a pick next year.
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    jrwilson85, Are you referring to the Mike Mayock that predicted Cam Newton to be a bust and advised all GMs to stay away from the pick because of his inferior NFL skills and character issues?
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    Yes Macabee That's the same Mike Mayock. A lot of people missed on Newton. No one realized his accuracy would be as high as it was. Mayock gets more right than he gets wrong, that's why he's employed by the NFL network and not Fox or SI. Having two excellent RBs like Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart carrying the ball and two excellent receivers like Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell catching the ball certainly was a great aid to Newton's progress. We'll see how he does next year, now that all his opponents have a book on him. I just hope our D-Line can play better against the run next season. If not Carolina and Atlanta will make it a long season for us. Hold the annointing oil on Newton till we see him play a little more ball. He is a super athlete and now he can afford his own lap top!!! SO THAT IS A GOOD THING!!!!
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    Good answer, jr, just testing your resolve! lol. I'm still not in the boat on those playoff aspirirations, but I hope we go far. I'm on your team. Go Bucs!
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    It's a typical NFL season. This is a demanding game for these players. Michael Bennett isn't chopped liver though. George johnson is good too if he can beat the injury jinx. I believe it's called next man up. I feel bad for DaQuan because he worked so hard to overcome the ACL injury only to turn around and injure his achilles. Our defensive tackles need to really step up this year. If McCoy and Price can stay healthy, along with the addition of Okoye, it should make the DEs jobs easier. If we can push the middle of the pocket back, opposing QBs will have no place to hide. Hopefully our offense can stay on the field longer and also help alieviate our defensive shortcomings. Linebacker is a very green position this year and will need time to develop. The secondary with Talib is much better than without him. Barron is the new enforcer in the middle, so TE's and slot receivers will have their heads on a swivel. If Talib is able to return, our secondary could be a strength rather than a weakness. Regardless this team isn't going to get fixed in one year. Mike Mayock sees the Bucs as a playoff team this year, but he loves Schiano and he loves the Bucs draft. I have a lot of respect for Mayock's opinion because he is a former NFL player and a very organized thinker.
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    Bowers on his twitter says quote, "2013?? Get real... I'm playing THIS year 2012" Hopefully he is right, we need him in the rotation he really came on late last year. Think of it this way though, he will have some good rest on his knee, so hopefully that won't be a concern going forward.
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    Hey Mark, is it the same leg as his previous knee surgery?
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    Apparently the other leg. but the other injury was knee and wouldn't have a bearing on the Achilles. Let's hope it wasn't a full tear or rupture.
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    This is just awful luck! We were counting on him to perform after an offseason of rehabing from previous surgery on his knee I believe. Perhaps we can bring in a DE Free Agent or two and let them have at it. This really sucks! Godspeed in your recovery Da'Quan! How many more injuries to our draft picks from last year will we have to endure. It's a shame. I'm just saying...
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