Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the several teams feared that Da’Quan Bowers knee is bad enough that his career could already be over.
“The question is whether [Bowers] ever plays at a high level. There is concern by most teams that he might be essentially finished,” writes Acee. “On some level, you have to applaud Tampa Bay for taking him. But there is a large number of people who have seen the medical report from when he was re-checked in April that believe he is done.”
Bowers hasn’t been able to shake the speculation that has surrounded his injured knee and reports like this will only add to such concerns. Tampa Bay knew what they were getting when they drafted Bowers and they knew that the reward could outweigh the risk but if he’s not able to even get onto the practice field, then it could end up being a wasted pick much sooner than anyone expected.