The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have to face the Atlanta Falcons without the services of Da'Quan Bowers, faltering pass rush specialist. Bowers has been struggling with concussion symptoms all week and was not cleared to practice on Friday, Greg Schiano noted in his press conference. If he cannot pass concussions tests before Sunday's game, he will not play. This likely means a little more playing time for William Gholston and perhaps Steven Means.
There's some good news, too: Chris Owusu finished the week with two days of full participation in practice, which means he's likely to suit up on Sunday. Owusu was battling Underwood for the second receiver spot before succumbing to injury a few weeks ago. He's a more disciplined and polished route runner than Underwood, and should at minimum take over as the third receiver ahead of undrafted rookie Skye Dawson.
For the Falcons, Tony Gonzalez and Harry Douglas are both listed as questionable, although Roddy White likely returns to action this week. That will hurt an already depleted Atlanta passing game, as Gonzalez has been the team's steady third-down weapon for years on end while Douglas ripped apart the Bucs in their last encounter. With defensive tackles Corey Peters and Peria Jerry both listed as questionable on a team wracked by injuries, the Bucs have a golden opportunity to profit from the Falcons' misfortune.
Buccaneers Injury Report
Falcons Injury Report
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