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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