Bucs activate Da’Quan Bowers

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It looks like the Buccaneers will have a little unexpected help on their defensive line on Thursday night in Minneapolis.

The team announced that they have activated defensive end Da’Quan Bowers from the physically unable to perform list and, per their Twitter account, say that he should play against the Vikings. Bowers would be the second player, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is the other one, in as many weeks to make a much faster than anticipated return from a serious offseason Achilles injury.

Bowers hurt himself in May, around the same time Suggs was injured, and always maintained that he would make it back to the team this season. With defensive end Adrian Clayborn lost for the season last month, Bowers’ return should help the Bucs up front just by giving them a body. They hope their 2011 second-round pick will be more than that, of course, but we’ll have to wait for a look at him on the field before making any determinations on that front.

Bowers began practicing with the team last week when the restrictions on players on the PUP list were lifted, but he wasn’t ready to play against the Saints in Week Seven. The team obviously feels he’s made the necessary improvements in the last few days and will see what he can do against the Vikings.

The Bucs released cornerback LeQuan Lewis to make room for Bowers.