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Bucs to re-sign DT Da'Quan Bowers on Tuesday

Da'Quan Bowers, right, has not played all season since being cut by the Bucs in the preseason.

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Da'Quan Bowers, right, has not played all season since being cut by the Bucs in the preseason.

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Needing depth at defensive tackle with Akeem Spence nursing an ankle injury, the Bucs will re-sign Da'Quan Bowers, who has not played all season since being cut by Tampa Bay in preseason, pending a physical on Tuesday.

Bowers, 25, would shore up a position that already has one starter (Clinton McDonald) on injured reserve and another (Gerald McCoy) playing with a cast on his broken left hand. If Spence can't go for Thursday's game at St. Louis, the Bucs would promote either Henry Melton or Tony McDaniel into a starting role against the Rams.

Bowers had 21 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Bucs last season, but didn't latch on with any teams after being cut by Tampa Bay. Spence, 24, was helped off the field after injuring his left ankle -- he has 11 tackles and one sack in eight games after missing five games recovering from back surgery.

Bucs coach Lovie Smith said that four players -- Spence, LB Bruce Carter (ankle), G Logan Mankins and WR Vincent Jackson (knee) would not have been able to practice Monday due to their injuries.

[Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2015 5:00pm]

    

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