Da'Quan Bowers Injury: Buccaneers defensive end sporting walking boot

Mike Ehrmann

The Bucs' best edge rusher appears to be injured.

Da'Quan Bowers had a walking boot on his right foot in the locker room today, according to Greg Auman. The defensive end has steadily seen his role reduced this year, even though he was expected to earn a starting job. He lost that to Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, despite being the only edge rusher to consistently beat his opponent.

Bowers received just 16 snaps against the Eagles, although that was in part due to his injury. It's not clear when he left the game, but the last snap I could find of him was on the final defensive play of the third quarter. He did not appear to injure himself on that play.

If Bowers is going to miss any time, we can expect rookie Steven Means to see his playing time increased, with Trevor Scott and William Gholston possibly in the mix for playing time as well.

In other injury news, Greg Schiano noted today that Mike Williams should return to action on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. The wide receiver missed yesterday's game with a hamstring injury. Schiano couldn't give a timeline on Carl Nicks' return, though, who might need surgery to get rid of a MRSA infection.

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