Da’Quan Bowers Back On Practice Field, When Will He Play?
Greg Schiano got the first bad news of his Buccaneer coaching tenure a tad more than five months ago when defensive end Da’Quan Bowers tore an Achilles tendon during non-contact offseason drills on May 10.
Bowers was determined to return this season and he’ll step foot back on the practice fields at One Buc Place Wednesday.
In typical Schiano fashion, he tells us Bowers will be doing some “stuff” and that probably means not a whole heck of a lot. By NFL rules, the team has three weeks to ease him back into things then they’ll have to either activate him or send him back to injured reserve and basically end his hopes for a return to action.
First, Bowers will have to get back in playing shape, he’ll have to prove he can put some real force on that foot and he’ll have to show that he can actually hit and take a hit.
That’s a lot of prove in a short period of time.
The Bucs face New Orleans on Sunday then they play at Minnesota. Don’t want him to make his start on an artificial field. They go on the road to Oakland but the best bet for Bowers return looks like week 9 when the Bucs host the San Diego Chargers.
Until then, Bowers will be out there doing his “stuff.”