Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/13/14

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were dealt their first serious injury blow of the season, as star defensive end Da'Quan Bowers damaged his Achilles in an offseason workout today. The second year player out of Clemson played in all sixteen games as a rookie, collecting 1.5 sacks in the season. Bowers was the Buccaneers second round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The injury is very similar to that of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who suffered the same ailment earlier in the preseason.

The Buccaneers announced in a statement that Bowers will undergo surgery tomorrow in order to repair his right Achilles. It is not yet known if the injury will keep Bowers out for the season, but injuries such as this in the past have kept players out for an extended amount of time. Bowers took to Twitter to let fan's know that he has no intention of letting the injury ruin his plans play in 2012. He tweeted, "2013?? Get real… I'm playing THIS year 2012" This is also not the first time the defensive end has suffered an injury, as he has already undergone two knee surgeries while playing at Clemson.

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