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Da’Quan Bowers says his knee is 100 percent

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Da’Quan Bowers was widely regarded as a high first-round draft pick until questions surfaced about his knee. The Bucs ended up getting him late in the second round, No. 51 overall.

So if Bowers’ assessment of his knee is an accurate indication of how healthy he’ll be, Tampa Bay got a bargain.

Bowers told WDAE that his surgically repaired knee is “great” and that “everything is full go.”

It’s back to playing shape,” Bowers said, via our friends at Rotoworld. “I’ve been rehabbing and working out all throughout the summer, even throughout the lockout. The knee is fine. I’m running, cutting, jumping.”

Bowers was one of the few Bucs who skipped the team’s recent player-organized minicamp, so there haven’t been many witnesses to his running, cutting and jumping. But Bucs fans have to like the sound of what Bowers is saying.

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14 Responses to “Da’Quan Bowers says his knee is 100 percent”
  1. elmustardo says: Jul 3, 2011 10:19 PM

    If true… wow.

    Bad scouting and media bias really hurt this kids draft stock.

    There’s no doubt that this kid has the talent and drive to be successful, and his biggest detraction was this injury.

  2. sml1950 says: Jul 3, 2011 10:32 PM

    The knee was always expected to be 100% at some point this summer. The problem is, will it hold up to the rigors of a full NFL season? ..and another season..and another. Most team docs said no.

  3. jw731 says: Jul 3, 2011 11:07 PM

    Didn’t his agent say the same thing leading up to the draft?

  4. rushbacker says: Jul 3, 2011 11:12 PM

    Haven’t we heard this before?

  5. patswhatsup says: Jul 3, 2011 11:35 PM

    Even if he only plays for 4 or 5 seasons, he has talent that easily makes it a great deal at 51.

  6. bigtrav425 says: Jul 4, 2011 12:09 AM

    Im still pissed off my Browns didnt take him with there 2nd round pick!

  7. woodyg says: Jul 4, 2011 3:34 AM

    What else would he say? …. Bowers is only a few short weeks away from his 1st NFL contract …. To admit that maybe he still feels a little soreness in his knee would be crazy …… His odds of a long NFL career are slim ….

  8. blackheld says: Jul 4, 2011 4:27 AM

    I mean, what’s he going to say, “My knee sucks. It’s sore and about 70% and the doc says it’s as good as it’ll be, and I’ll be playing in pain as long as I can play at all.”

    The kid has no contract, yet. If he was zipping around in a wheelchair, believe me, “his surgically repaired knee would be “great” and “everything would be full go.”

    I have no idea how good or bad his knee really is, but until he gets signed and in camp where his actual condition can be observed, this is still a buyer-beware sort of deal.

  9. bunjy96 says: Jul 4, 2011 8:03 AM

    sml1950 says: Jul 3, 2011 10:32 PM

    The knee was always expected to be 100% at some point this summer. The problem is, will it hold up to the rigors of a full NFL season? ..and another season..and another. Most team docs said no.

    *******
    Do you choose to believe the media, the team docs or the #1 surgeon doc in the country (Dr James Andrews) who actually did the surgery and knew what it looked like inside?
    Guess the Bucs chose Andrews.

    Time will tell who was right.

  10. ampats says: Jul 4, 2011 8:10 AM

    sml1950 hit it right on the head.

    The question was not if his knee would be healthy enough to play this season but that his knee makes him a career 4 year player or less if he has another knee injury. That was the rap against him.

  11. sguy2130 says: Jul 4, 2011 9:43 AM

    Tampa wasn’t afraid of taking on KW2′s knee, so no shocker they took on Bowers as well. Both guys are likely to have shortened careers but are very talented athletes.

  12. johnj87 says: Jul 4, 2011 10:32 AM

    All i can say is “WE WILL SEE”

  13. seneca1ss says: Jul 4, 2011 12:08 PM

    Brian Price is going to be a BUST so the Bucs feel pressure to get that D-Line fixed and took a chance on Bowers (my fingers & toes are crossed)

  14. goawayeverybody says: Jul 4, 2011 12:51 PM

    Bucs defense, I hate to say (Saints fan) is going to totally rock this year. They were already good to begin with, but with the addition of DaQuan Bowers and Adrian Clayborne, they are going to shut down the run and get more sacks.

    I’m fine with all this, just as long as they crush the Falcons both times they play them. The Falcons completely lucked their way into the #1 seed last year so I was glad to see them rightfully get crushed by the Packers.

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