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Bowers’ sore hamstring won’t keep him from facing Saints

Posted Dec 16, 2012 by Roy Cummings

Updated Dec 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

The Tampa Tribune

NEW ORLEANS, La. - A sore hamstring restricted Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers during practice last week but it won’t keep him out of today’s game against the Saints at the Superdome.

Bowers has been used mostly as a pass rush specialist but has seen increased playing time the last seven games as he has recovered from an Achilles tendon tear that kept him out of the first six games of the season.

Bowers, the Bucs second-round draft pick in 2011 out of Clemson, will go into today’s game with eight tackles, including four for a loss, two sacks, four quarterback pressures and a pass defense.

While Bowers will be able to play today, cornerback LeQuan Lewis will not. Lewis will miss his second straight game with a knee injury he suffered two weeks ago against the Broncos.

Also sitting out today’s game for the Bucs are RB Michael Smith, linebacker Najee Goode, wide receiver David Douglas, guard Roger Allen, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilio and defensive tackle Corey Irvin.

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