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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Injured Da'Quan Bowers watches; Amobi Okoye is still young

Easy does it

DE Da'Quan Bowers, rehabbing his ruptured Achilles tendon, was a spectator during Saturday's practice.

Bowers, injured during an offseason workout in May, said he currently is limited to jogging but hasn't given up on playing this season.

In fact, Bowers said he has been encouraged by his progress and has had to be reminded by the training staff not to push himself too hard too soon.

"The big thing right now," he said, "is not to rush it. They've told me I might feel ready but just don't rush it."

Young veteran

It seems DT Gerald McCoy did a double take when he learned the age of new teammate Amobi Okoye.

The Nigerian-born defensive lineman started college at 16 and is entering his sixth season despite having just turned 25 on June 10.

"He's got some years on him, but age-wise, he's pretty young," said McCoy, who turned 24 on Feb. 25 and is entering his third season.

"He's like those guys in the NBA (who came out of high school) with seven, eight years in the league. You're like, 'What?'

"He fits right in. He's got experience. But as far as the youth, he's right there with us."

Knocked out

You would think a collision between rail-thin 183-pound WR Tiquan Underwood (11) and 275-pound FB Erik Lorig, left, would put Underwood on the turf.

But when the two mistakenly collided during practice Saturday, Lorig was the one left sprawled out on the ground.

It's unclear how the laws of physics permitted this.

"I ran into him by accident," Underwood said. "And, man, he's a big guy, too. Hey, it's part of football."

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Training camp

Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just east of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

Admission: Free

Et cetera: All practices are weather permitting and subject to change. For updates, go to


Public practices

Today: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Wed.: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Friday: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Saturday: 6:30 to 9 p.m. *

Aug. 6: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 7: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

* Intrasquad scrimmage at Raymond James Stadium; free parking, autograph sessions, $1 hot dogs and soft drinks, and fireworks

Preseason games

Aug. 10: at Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 10

Aug. 17: Titans, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 24: Patriots, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 29: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10

* Subject to blackout

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Injured Da'Quan Bowers watches; Amobi Okoye is still young 07/28/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 28, 2012 8:56pm]
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