Da’Quan Bowers’ already poor season ended in disaster today when he was placed on injured reserved.
#Bucs place DE Da'Quan Bowers on Injured Reserve (knee) and signed DL Scott Solomon.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) December 26, 2013
Bowers’ season has been nothing short of a debacle. The former 2011 second round draft pick has dealt with a plethora of issues this season, which in turn has seen his playing time diminish as the season progressed.
Conditioning issues arose during the off-season as he worked to get back into shape after rupturing his Achilles. While Bowers returned last season to play in 10 games, his effectiveness was lacking and that carried into the 2013 season.
In addition, Bowers faced felony charges after carrying a gun into LaGuardia Airport in February of this year. While they were eventually dropped, it raised questions about his future in Tampa Bay, especially under head coach Greg Schiano, who in the past hasn’t hesitated to trade or cut players who show a lack of discipline off the field.
In 13 games this season, Bowers registered only seven tackles, with one sack. While Adrian Clayborn has played steadily all year long, Bowers saw his spot in the line-up taken by Daniel Te’o-Neshiem and William Gholston.
Whether Bowers returns to the Bucs in 2014 is up for debate. He is under contract, but after a terrible 2013 season, and with the emergence of Gholston, the Bucs may look to cut their losses and move on from the defensive end.
To replace Bowers on the 53-man roster, the Bucs signed Scott Solomon. He played in 12 games with the Tennessee Titans in 2012, and made one appearance for the New York Jets in 2013.
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