November 25, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers (91) runs out of the tunnel prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Da’Quan Bowers to have surgery hints defensive coordinator


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers send defensive end Da’Quan Bowers to the injured reserve list on Thursday. According to comments from their defensive coordinator, they could be looking at surgery on Bowers’ injured knee. The good, or bad news, is that is not the same knee issue he dealt with before the 2011 draft.

“I was hoping that actually the surgery will help him because I think he’s – and maybe people wouldn’t be aware of it – I know for a fact he was nursing that all year,’’ Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said Thursday, via ESPN. “He’s never been well. You’re trying to decide all season on whether or not to make that move. ‘Is he healthy enough to play? Can he at least play on third down? Or are we better off just getting him to have surgery and get him cleaned up and let him rehab for an off season and come back?’ I think you’ll see a different guy next offseason.”

Bowers could be seeing his career come to an end, knee issues were already expected to shorten his career when he came into the league in 2011.

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