The NFL has announced that defensive end Da'Quan Bowers will be suspended for two games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Bowers is the second Buccaneer to be suspended under this policy, as Jorvorskie Lane's two-game suspension was announced just before the bye week.
Bowers was a second-round pick in 2011, but has been a disappointment throughout his career with the Bucs. Injuries have hampered his performance, but he hasn't turned into the consistent pass rusher the Bucs thought they were getting. He has just 6.5 sacks in his career, one i this season.
Bowers' suspension will hurt the Bucs most at the three-technique position, where Bowers was backing up Gerald McCoy. Defensive end William Gholston can also play that position, and Clinton McDonald can slide over as well, but that would create issues at other spots along the defensive line where they don't have a lot of depth, either. With Bowers in the final year of his contract, this two-game suspension may signal the end for him in Tampa.
Bowers will miss the team's next two games, against the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns. He'll be eligible to return to play against the Atlanta Falcons.