The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just pulled a bit of a surprise.
Only hours before the Thursday night game with the Minnesota Vikings, the Bucs announced they have activated defensive end Da’Quan Bowers from the physically unable to perform list. They waived cornerback LeQuan Lewis to create the roster spot for Bowers.
With the Bucs only practicing once in a short week and the game being played on artificial turf, I didn’t think we’d see Bowers until next week. But the Bucs obviously are up to speed on the progress of his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon and whether or not he’s in football shape.
Still, I’d look for them to bring Bowers along slowly. I’d expect them to use Bowers along with George Johnson as part of the defensive end rotation behind starters Michael Bennett and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.