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Da’Quan Bowers tears his Achilles tendon

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The Buccaneers have lost a key member of their starting defense.

The team announced Thursday that defensive end Da’Quan Bowers tore one of his Achilles tendons in the team’s offseason workout program. He is expected to have surgery on the injury Friday. We don’t yet know if it was a full or partial tear so the timetable for his return is still unknown, but Bowers tweeted that he plans to play this year. That doesn’t make this any more welcome a piece of news.

Bowers got off to a slow start as a rookie coming off of microfracture surgery on his knee, but he picked up his play a considerable amount as the year progressed. With Adrian Clayborn on the other side of the line, the Bucs felt good about their young ends and their potential moving forward. Now Bowers has suffered another serious injury and the team will have to wait to find out what kind of impact it has on his performance.

Michael Bennett will likely step into Bowers’ starting role, which has its pros and cons. The pro is that Bennett played well for them last season and is still on the upswing of his career. The con is that the team is now tissue paper thin at defensive end and they will have to kick the tires on free agents while scanning the waiver wire for help up front this season.

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50 Responses to “Da’Quan Bowers tears his Achilles tendon”
  1. karlton2 says: May 10, 2012 4:59 PM

    Dear Bucs,

    We’d love to send you Dwight Freeney for a modest draft pick.

    Signed,

    Indianapolis Colts

  2. hey804 says: May 10, 2012 5:00 PM

    Somehow this is the fault of the Saints.

  3. fatguystrangler says: May 10, 2012 5:02 PM

    Another off-season Achillies tendon injury? It’s seemingly reaching epidemic level.

    Good luck in rehab.

  4. ampats says: May 10, 2012 5:03 PM

    That was the rap against him and caused him to fall into the second round. Teams were saying his knee would not hold up for four NFL seasons.

    Looks like most teams medical staffs knew.

  5. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: May 10, 2012 5:04 PM

    LOL!

  6. phillychzstk2012 says: May 10, 2012 5:06 PM

    damn something tells me somebody doesnt want him playing football. hope he recovers well. sad start to his career. best of luck

  7. tommyf15 says: May 10, 2012 5:07 PM

    Damn shame, he was a heck of a player at Clemson. Would have gone Top Five, maybe even #2 to Denver, in the 2011 Draft if not for the knee issues.

  8. leighmanmarcus says: May 10, 2012 5:07 PM

    Hey ampats, do you know where your Achilles tendon is bro?

  9. sjoyner59 says: May 10, 2012 5:07 PM

    That just sucks ,our guy Jason Peters ,Suggs now Bowers with what is a real tough injury….I just hate to see it happen to any teams player.As good as Suggs is I would still have liked to seen him play against us in the home opener in Philly..

  10. toosharp23 says: May 10, 2012 5:07 PM

    Hope his surgery and recovery goes extremely well and there is no doubt he will be missed. I was looking forward to him and Clayborn meeting at the QB all season… This hurts as a football fan and especially as a Bucs fan.. Too bad this isn’t Madden and we can turn off all injuries. The league would be much better off if everyone was at full health.

  11. andyb02 says: May 10, 2012 5:12 PM

    I guess tearing your ACL isn’t cool anymore. Achilles injury is the new big thing this year.

  12. realnflmaster says: May 10, 2012 5:16 PM

    If this guy was a JET you better believe he’d tape it up and get right back out there.

    But he plays for a Bucs. So what do you expect?

  13. ferdfteenthousand says: May 10, 2012 5:18 PM

    @ampats – Da’Quan Bowers has a knee in his Achilles?

  14. isonic1 says: May 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    Achilles injuries are at least a year long rehab. Amazingly, every guy this happens to says they’ll be back the same season.

  15. 4thquartermagic says: May 10, 2012 5:23 PM

    Any chance he threatened to testify against the Saints players during their appeals?

    Hmmm…

  16. trollhammer20 says: May 10, 2012 5:24 PM

    Raheem Brock is available on the FA market, and will be cheap. Of course, he dropped from nine sacks in 2010 to only three in 2011.

  17. lifetimeskinsfan739 says: May 10, 2012 5:25 PM

    I was looking forward to see what he could do with a full season as a starter. Damn shame for a second year guy.

    Ampats, the Achilles has nothing to do with a knee.

  18. rc33 says: May 10, 2012 5:29 PM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: May 10, 2012 5:04 PM

    LOL!

    ——————————–

    I’m sure genuine Steeler fans appreciate the light you put them in.

  19. censorshipisbad says: May 10, 2012 5:34 PM

    wow… Bucs D line is made of glass.

  20. chris6523 says: May 10, 2012 5:39 PM

    Suggs says Bowers will be back in 5 weeks.

  21. paul82461 says: May 10, 2012 5:45 PM

    Glad to see all these athletes staying in tip top condition, what an off season joke.

  22. maxinquaye7 says: May 10, 2012 5:46 PM

    >hey804 says: May 10, 2012 5:00 PM
    >Somehow this is the fault of the Saints.

    there you go, Mr Goodell, there’s your ‘proof’…

  23. sledgehorn says: May 10, 2012 5:49 PM

    Dear Bucs,

    We would like to send you Darryl Tapp for a modest draft pick.

    —Wait, what? They are offering you Dwight Freeney?

    —*Howie Roseman Jedi-mind control*

    —Yes Howie, we will trade you a fourth round pick for Darryl Tapp.

    —Make it a third.

  24. isonic1 says: May 10, 2012 5:50 PM

    realnflmaster says: May 10, 2012 5:16 PM

    If this guy was a JET you better believe he’d tape it up and get right back out there.

    But he plays for a Bucs. So what do you expect?

    Just wait till it happens to Laron Landry this season.

  25. peepeetoucher says: May 10, 2012 5:55 PM

    ampats says: May 10, 2012 5:03 PM

    That was the rap against him and caused him to fall into the second round. Teams were saying his knee would not hold up for four NFL seasons.

    Looks like most teams medical staffs knew.

    Knew what? He didn’t tear his meniscus in his knee again, its an achilles injury.

  26. beelicker says: May 10, 2012 5:58 PM

    Use of cortisone & other steroidal medications (from whatever source) can absolutely cause corresponding weakening/brittleness of tendon tissues over time.

    I suppose if you had received injections in a recovering knee (this player obviously has had previous microfracture surgery in one) that might also lead to subsequent residual concentrations in the corresponding foot/ankle/achilles … anybody know if this was on the same side as the knee or not?

  27. shadeforourbattle says: May 10, 2012 6:09 PM

    @realnflmaster

    Have the Jets won a Super Bowl this century? What has it been, like 45 years since Super Bowl 3?

    Signed,
    Buc’s Fan
    Super Bowl Champions 2002

  28. ampats says: May 10, 2012 6:11 PM

    mea culpa,

    point I tried to make was his injury concerns coming out of college and the rumor was he was off some team boards (or so I read on the internet).

    Bad break for him. It sucks to get hurt while working out for the season.

  29. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: May 10, 2012 6:15 PM

    Fyi, Bennett was actually the starter last year, so it’s hard to say whether or not Bowers would have been the starter.

    Still, this one hurts, especially since it happened after the draft. I assume we probably would have targeted a DE in the 5th or later otherwise. Hopefully we can find a decent free agent, and more importantly I hope Bowers makes a full and surprisingly quick recovery.

  30. wdcskins says: May 10, 2012 6:31 PM

    Too bad for Bowers, and too bad for the Bucs. I remember thinking that they got a steal when he fell into the 2nd, and they were able to get him. Well, if his improvement over last season is any indicator, he should still have a productive career.

  31. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: May 10, 2012 6:39 PM

    I would say that is a much bigger loss to the Bucs defense than Vilma will be to the Saints

  32. giantsfan2104 says: May 10, 2012 6:48 PM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says:
    May 10, 2012 5:04 PM
    LOL!

    ===================================

    GO AWAY!!!!!!!

  33. devinmr711 says: May 10, 2012 7:40 PM

    This guy had red flags coming into last years draft because of his previous injury history. Sorry Tampa but that is the risk you take when you play talent vs health.

  34. jdandcoke says: May 10, 2012 7:44 PM

    another team that osi suddenly becomes attractive to….obviously reese wont even listen to a 3rd rounder as theyd probably get that as a comp pick anyway when osi leaves….i think a 2nd and a 4th might get it done.

  35. atfinch1984 says: May 10, 2012 7:47 PM

    I bet it was because of the condensed 66-game schedule.

  36. opiedamus says: May 10, 2012 8:07 PM

    I, literally, tore mine and had surgery a week ago. It does not take a year, but it sure as hell doesn’t take 3 months, either.

    Benefit he has is the best trainers and access to the best rehab. Negatives are that the guy weighs 250+ and had micro fracture surgery not too long ago.

    I’ll be back in 7 months, he “could” be back in 6…….maybe….but, the sad truth is that none of us will have the same burst. He may not miss the burst, but Suggs will.

  37. tv426 says: May 10, 2012 8:27 PM

    See my comments a few weeks ago relative to Suggs. I had this injury. He won’t be playing this year. That is a fact!

  38. hyzers says: May 10, 2012 8:37 PM

    Try to get Cliff Avril from the Lions.

  39. vtopa says: May 10, 2012 8:56 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer team…

  40. bigredscouting says: May 10, 2012 8:57 PM

    I feel so bad for Bowers. A stellar young career just decimated by injury. A knee injury with a poor reconstructive surgery pre-draft. Now this. A player with elite physical gifts and potential. Gotta feel bad for him.

  41. billhicks666 says: May 10, 2012 9:08 PM

    @steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh:

    What’s it like being that miserable?

  42. radrntn says: May 10, 2012 9:19 PM

    ampats says:
    May 10, 2012 5:03 PM
    That was the rap against him and caused him to fall into the second round. Teams were saying his knee would not hold up for four NFL seasons.

    Looks like most teams medical staffs knew.
    _____________________________

    I mean everbody on here pretty much knows you are an idiot, but c’mon man don’t prove it…what the tuck does the knee have to do with an achilles????

  43. bucforever says: May 10, 2012 10:04 PM

    As a Bucs fan all I can say is next man up . I am sure he will not be the only injury this season. Coach Sciano may even have another Rutgers man up his sleeve. We can do it. LOL

  44. bullethead527 says: May 10, 2012 10:05 PM

    When that kinda of injury, it takes at least two years to get back to form…

    Good Luck
    From a Panthers fan

  45. dal24la says: May 10, 2012 10:08 PM

    ” the timetable for his return is still unknown, but Bowers tweeted that he plans to play this year.”

    I fail to see why PFT always feels the need to tell us this lol.
    When is the last time a player, said/tweeted “I’m taking off the whole year to recover from this terrible injury and have no plans to play the upcoming season”.

    P.S. Get well soon Bowers

  46. kappy32 says: May 10, 2012 10:08 PM

    Best of luck to this guy. Medical advances have turned ACL/MCL injuries from career threatening to season ending. However, a complete Achilles rupture is a very difficult injury to overcome because your ankle is a hard part to return to 100% & is essential to explosiveness. It was an Achilles rupture that ultimately ended the REAL LT’s career. He came back, but was never the same player. I’m sure the cocaine binges instead of rehab sessions didn’t help, but very few players since him have come back at full strength after an achilles rupture.

  47. bigbadal21 says: May 10, 2012 10:09 PM

    rc33 says:May 10, 2012 5:29 PM

    steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: May 10, 2012 5:04 PM

    LOL!

    ——————————–

    I’m sure genuine Steeler fans appreciate the light you put them in.

    Steeler fan here. To rc33: This guy is a jerkoff with no life. There are people like him all over the internet. There was one site I will not name that had a Ravens fan who acted the same way. Turned out he was not really a Ravens fan but a Ravens hater. His objective was to make fans of the Ravens(at least one) look bad. Trust me, no true fan of any team would post ridiculous trash like this idiot. People like him should be banned.

  48. bouchez9393 says: May 10, 2012 11:15 PM

    Bucs signed okoye last month just in case this happened, how does everyone forget this? Bowers was gonna be a star this year, if the knee held up, but obviously the coaching staff knew something like this could happen and they made a great move picking up okoye just in case , the line will still be dominate and clayborn will have 15 sacks this year!

  49. kingfish4242 says: May 11, 2012 1:08 AM

    kappy32 says:
    May 10, 2012 10:08 PM
    a complete Achilles rupture is a very difficult injury to overcome because your ankle is a hard part to return to 100% & is essential to explosiveness. It was an Achilles rupture that ultimately ended the REAL LT’s career. He came back, but was never the same player. I’m sure the cocaine binges instead of rehab sessions didn’t help, but very few players since him have come back at full strength after an achilles rupture.

    =================================

    Another good example is Dan Marino. He was never the same after he ruptured his Achilles.

  50. opiedamus says: May 11, 2012 3:56 PM

    @ kingfish: Marino made not be the best example. I didn’t really notice a huge drop off in his explosiveness out of the pocket…

    LT is a good example. There have been advances in achilles surgery. However, it’s like a rubber band. After it rips, no matter how you put it back together it won’t have the same explosiveness. 90% return is possible with a lot of work.

    6 months is a great goal, but more than likely it will be longer.

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