Another disappointing season ends for Bowers, placed on IR
Da'Quan Bowers' disappointing season ended with him being placed on injured reserve Thursday with a knee injury.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Bowers already has had minor knee surgery, "kind of a washout deal,' and that his rehab should not prevent him from missing off-season workouts.
Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said the injury had been lingering all season and believes it prevented him from being very productive.
"I’m hoping actually the surgery will help him because I think he’s – and maybe wouldn’t be aware of it – but I know for a fact he’s nursing that all year,'' Sheridan said. "He’s never been well. You’re trying to decide all season on whether or not to make that move. Is he at least healthy enough to play, can he play on third down or are we better off getting that surgery and getting it cleaned up and letting him rehab and get ready for the off-season. I think you’ll see a different guy next off-season.''
Bowers, the Bucs' second-round pick from Clemson in 2011 was unable to capture the starting left defensive end position in training camp. Used primarily as a third down rusher, he recorded only seven tackles and one sack this season.
The Bucs signed defensive lineman Scott Solomon to replace Bowers on the 53-man roster. Solomon entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Titans in 2012 and played in 13 games as a rookie. He played one game with the New York Jets this season.