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July 24, 2012 @ 11:41 am
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Bucs Place Three Defensive Players On Preseason PUP List

Written by Dory
LeBlanc
Dory LeBlanc

Dory
LeBlanc

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The Buccaneers announced Tuesday morning that three defensive players have been put on the preseason PUP (physically unable to perform) list – defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, and linebacker Adam Hayward.



In May, Bowers suffered a torn Achilles tendon in an off-season workout, and had successful surgery a few days later. The placement of Bowers on the PUP was to be expected, as the Bucs are hopeful he will return at some point during the regular season. Michael Bennett was installed at left end replacing Bowers in mini-camp.



Okoye was signed to a one-year deal with the Bucs worth $1.3 million in April to add depth to an injury-prone interior line. For Chicago last season, Okoye made only one start, but was a fixture in the defensive line rotation, playing in all 16 games.  Registering four sacks and 27 quarterback pressures, he was second in playing time among all Bears interior linemen. Okoye missed the June mini-camp after he had arthroscopic knee surgery, and the procedure was thought to be minor in nature and Okoye was expected to be a full participant in training camp.



Hayward played in all 16 games for the Bucs last season, and started two at weakside linebacker. Hayward struggled through most of last season with a foot injury. No other details about Hayward's injury are known and the Buccaneers declined comment.



During preseason a player can come off the physically unable to perform list at any time, but a player must sit out six games if he is on the PUP once the regular season begins.


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    I keep seeing Okoye on the practice field. Can a player be on the PUP but continue to practice?
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    The pressure is on Miller. IF he isn't great this year we are in real trouble.
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    What advantage does the team receive by placing a player on the preseason PUP list? Do they then not count against our "in-camp" numbers? Also, the story states Okoye was expected to be fully recovered from his procedure. Does this mean his recovery is taking longer than expected or is there some un-reported new injury that has landed him on the PUP??
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    Keep it coming Dory...! Good job & thanks. As for the commentor prior to the previous comments posted, you're a doody-head. Dory's going to do just fine!
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    I'm sorry that the previous poster has responded in this manner. I happen to realize that you do not create the news, just pass along to us what is taking place. It is good that things are finally starting to happen and that you will have current information to report to us very soon now. Hang in there, a great many of us are keeping track of your reports each day, this waiting has been brutal. GO BUCS.....Randy
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    Thanks for delivering the bad news you jerk. 5/5 stars. Edit: Hayward would be a huge loss on special teams.
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