The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spent the last two years rebuilding the defensive line. Last season, the Buccaneers selected in the second round, DE De’Quan Bowers. Bowers was thought at one point to be a first round selection but he fell to Tampa in the second-round. The defensive end was coming off an injury issue regarding microfracture surgery on his knee, but he now appears to be done for the 2012 regular season.
Reports this afternoon have indicated that Bowers has had to undergo Achilles tendon surgery in order a tear in the tendon. The selection of Bowers last season was a high risk/high reward draft selection. Bowers entered the draft with a significant injury history.
Late in the dismal 2011 regular season, Bowers appeared to be grasping the role of playing the defensive line. He did only record 1.5 sacks for the season, but his loss is now going to create a massive loss on the defensive line for the Buccaneers. Bowers’ injury will likely allow Michael Bennett to assume the starting defensive end role opposite second-year DE Adrian Clayborn, not a formidable edge rushing package for a team struggling to regain dominance in the NFC South.