The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially activated defensive end Da’Quan Bowers off the Physically Unable to Perform list, which means he’s eligible to be inserted into the lineup as soon as tonight against the Minnesota Vikings.
Bowers tore his Achilles tendon in the offseason, and the fear was that the Bucs 2nd round draft pick from 2011 would miss the entire season. Bowers swore he’d return during the season, but many doubted that it would happen.
Well, it looks like the sophomore defensive end in his second year out of Clemson is on his way to proving people wrong.
When Bowers tore his Achilles, it cast a serious cloud of doubt over a young man who was at one time thought to be a Top 10 draft pick. But injuries during his last years at college proved to sink his stock, and the Bucs ended up taking him deep in the second round of the 2011 draft.
With Adrian Clayborn out until at least June, having Bowers back on a line that is dangerously thin is nothing short of relieving. He’s likely going to be eased back into action, if he even sees much of it these next few weeks, but it’s more or less a peace of mind thing for Bucs fans.
Bowers is eligible to play tonight, but that’s likely not going to happen. But having him back means not only do the Bucs have another option on their frontline that has held up pretty well all things considered, but maybe Bowers can finally start to develop into the beast the Bucs want him to be.