Da'Quan Bowers likely won't play as Buccaneers promote LeQuan Lewis to active roster

Stephen Dunn

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finally filled their open roster spot, promoting cornerback LeQuan Lewis to the active roster. Lewis has been on the Dallas Cowboys' roster for most of this season, having entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State in 2011. Lewis fills a roster freed up earlier this week with the release of defensive end Markus White.

With Lewis' addition, the Buccaneers now have six cornerbacks, four safeties and an additional 'defensive back' who can play both positions (Keith Tandy) on the roster. That gives them a lot of depth against Drew Brees and the Saints, but their quality is limited with Aqib Talib still suspended for the next three games.

With Lewis being promoted, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely refrain from adding defensive end Da'Quan Bowers to the active roster. Bowers has practiced with the team for most of the week but is still recovering from an Achilles injury. Without Bowers, the Bucs will likely lack a dominant pass-rush against the New Orleans Saints. In previous season, the Bucs managed on occasion to disrupt the Saints' passing game with pass rush pressure, but it remains to be seen whether they can find that pass rush against New Orleans tomorrow.

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