Da'Quan Bowers returns from Achilles tendon injury; working back into Bucs' mix

Former Clemson star played about a dozen snaps in last week's Tampa Bay victory over Vikings

Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, center, throws as he is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenders Da'Quan Bowers (91) and Adrian Clayborn, right, in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Russell)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, center, throws as he is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenders Da'Quan Bowers (91) and Adrian Clayborn, right, in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Russell)

Da'Quan Bowers is back - earlier than expected, and already making a difference for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Activated last week off the 'physically unable to perform' list, the former Clemson All-American contributed to the pass rush in third-down situations last week during the Bucs' 36-17 victory over the Miinesota Vikings.

Bowers had been sidelined since May, when he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a workout.

Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano has a plan for working Bowers back into the Bucs' defensive line mix.

"I think it was a really good start for him,'' Schiano told TampaBay.com after Bowers played about dozen third-down snaps against Minnesota last Thursday. "I thought it was the best way to start to get him acclimated back into the game.''

Schiano hopes to transition Bowers into playing 3-4 consecutive plays in this week's game against Oakland.

He said that in Monday's practice, Bowers "did a little more... He got in there on first and second down a little bit...He went for some three-play sequences, which is good. Now, we are taking the next step, and that's playing back-to-back-to-back plays

"He does have a positive pop to him that is good to have back.''

Some notes from last week's NFL games:

Andre Branch had a quarterback sack, forced a fumble, and recovered a fumble in Jacksonville's 24-15 loss to Green Bay.

Dwayne Allen had four receptions for 56 yards in the Colts' 19-13 win over Tennessee. Teammate Kavell Conner made four tackles, including one for a loss of yardage. For the Titans, Jamie Harper carried once for a one-yard loss, while Coty Sensabaugh made two tackles.

Leroy Hill had two tackles, including a sack, in Seattle's 28-24 loss to Detroit.

Marcus Gilchrist made one stop in San Diego's 7-6 loss to Cleveland

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omnipotent1 writes:

Maybe we should have a DB day. Or better yet a Gaines Adams day.

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