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Bucs Bowers, Okoye, Hayward begin season on PUP list



The Bucs will begin training camp without three valuable defensive players.

Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, defensive tackle Amobi Okoye and linebacker Adam Hayward all will begin the pre-season on the active Physically Unable to Perform list.

Bowers suffered a torn Achilles tendon during an off-season workout in May. The Bucs still are hopeful to get him back sometime during the regular-season.

Okoye, who was signed to provide depth for oft-injured defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, underwent arthrscopic knee surgery in June and missed the mandatory minicamp.

Hayward, a sixth-year veteran who can play all three linebacker positions, struggled with a foot injury much of last season.

Because it is the preseason, a player can come off the PUP list at any time. But once the regular season begins, a player on the reserve PUP list must sit out six games. 


[Last modified: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:18am]


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