- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive front, one of the biggest bright spots this season, has suffered a major blow.
Second-year defensive end Adrian Clayborn will miss the rest of the season after suffering a right knee injury in Sunday’s loss to Dallas, coach Greg Schiano said Monday afternoon.
"We have some internal alternatives,'' Schiano said. "We just have to work our way through it.''
But there could be a wild-card in all this in a few weeks. Da’Quan Bowers is eligible to begin practicing after the sixth week of the season. Bowers is on the physically unable to perform list after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in the offseason.
The Bucs have said Bowers’ rehabilitation is ahead of schedule. General manager Mark Dominik previously expressed optimism that Bowers, who showed some promise as a rookie, would be able to return later this season.