Da'Quan Bowers (Getty Images)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Help could be on the way for Tampa Bay's erratic pass rush.
Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, the former Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Clemson star, practiced for the first time this season on Wednesday, opening a three-week window in which the Buccaneers will be able to evaluate the second-year pro and determine if he'll be able to return from a torn right Achilles tendon that's sidelined him since May.
He led the nation in sacks two years ago. The Bucs selected him and Adrian Clayborn in the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL draft in hopes of bolstering one of the league's weakest pass rushes.
With Bowers on the physically unable to perform list and Clayborn sidelined for the season with a knee injury, the Bucs have eight sacks through five games.