Da'Quan Bowers insists his knee is doing just fine

The long layoff created by the NFL’s lockout has given Da’Quan Bowers time to heal up.

That is what the defensive end said when he joined Justin Pawlowski on WDAE in Tampa. There’s bene considerable scrutiny surrounding Bowers, who at one point many people believed could be a candidate to be drafted No. 1 overall.

But a knee issue pushed him down draft boards and the Bucs finally scooped him up with hopes of finding an edge pass rusher to complement the young linemen they added a year ago.

My knee is great,” Bowers said. “It’s back to where I needed it to be. It’s back to playing shape. I’ve been rehabbing and working out all throughout the whole summer. The knee is fine. I’m running, jumping, and cutting. Everything’s a full go.”

While that sounds good, Bowers cannot be checked out by Bucs trainers right now, and they will certainly have the final say on precisely where he is at physically.

Bowers said the concern that he has a degenerative condition in his knee is totally overblown.

“That’s not the case,” he said. “Dr. (James) Andrews has seen much worse knees than mine go on to have great NFL careers.”

Bowers says he hasn’t worked out with his new teammates because he’s been busy sticking to his workout routine in trying to strengthen the knee. That makes sense. Whether or not he’ll truly be ready to go, we’ll have to wait and see. You can listen to the entire Bowers' interview here.

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