The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to take a look at Da’Quan Bowers and determine if he will be able to help the team this season.
The defensive end will begin what will at most be a 21-day window to practice before the club must make a determination whether to promote him from the physically unable to perform list to the active roster or shut him down for the remainder of the season.
Bowers suffered a torn Achilles tendon on May 10 and the team’s Web site says “it appears close to a certainty” Bowers will play this season. That seems like a leap of faith considering he’s missed a lot of time and no one has seen him yet. Achilles tendon injuries are serious but perhaps Bowers is a quick healer and will be able to pitch in.
Even if Bowers is not ready to play in three weeks, if the club feels he is close, it could move him to the 53-man roster and then continue to work with him until he is set to be on the field.
"He’s done an incredible job with his rehab," Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "It’s kind of four different phases. One is surgical, where it is kind of waiting; then it is the training room; then it is out on the grass where he is working with our trainers and our strength coach, running and pushing things; and now here comes the fourth part and that is literally going out and playing."
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