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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Can Da'Quan Bowers really make it back this season?

So, Da’Quan Bowers says he’ll be back this season after tearing his Achilles tendon today.

But let’s look at this from an objective point of view. How realistic is this? For answers, we turned to a medical profession.

Dr. David McAllister is the chief of sports medicine at UCLA Health in Los Angeles. He spoke to the Times this evening and offered his expertise on Achilles tears in general (he obviously hasn’t treated Bowers or seen his MRI).

“For this type of injury and this type of player, six months would be the average (recovery time), maybe even better than average,” McAllister said.

“It’s conceivable he could return to play this season. But the question becomes how confident is he in his leg and how strong is his leg? Those are usually the things that take the longest. The muscles in that area become very weak and that’s the biggest problem.”

McAllister also offered his take on another issue we were curious about. He said the fact that Bowers suffered the injury during conditioning drills was no surprise.

“This happens all the time,” he said. “It’s usually a non-contact injury.”

So, as we expected, there’s certainly a chance Bowers could return, but it’s far from a sure thing.

It seems only time will tell.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 10, 2012 8:31pm]


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