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Bucs Put Bowers on IR, Sign DE Solomon

Posted Dec 26, 2013

DE Da’Quan Bowers will finish the season on injured reserve due to a knee ailment, and the Buccaneers shored up the D-Line for their regular-season finale by signing DE Scott Solomon

  • DE Da'Quan Bowers will spend the final week of 2013 on injured reserve due to his knee ailment
  • The Buccaneers replaced Bowers on the roster with second-year DE Scott Solomon, a former Titan and Jet
  • A seventh-round pick in 2012, Solomon tied the school career record at Rice with 24 sacks
Da’Quan Bowers’ season will end with a brief stay on injured reserve.  Scott Solomon’s season will end with the NFL roster spot that has eluded him for much of the fall.

On Thursday, as they returned to work after taking Christmas Day off, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tweaked the active roster and the defensive end depth chart by placing Bowers on I.R. and using his spot to sign Solomon.  Bowers had missed last week’s game in St. Louis due to a knee injury and did not practice with the team on Tuesday.

The Buccaneers have just one more game to play without Bowers – in New Orleans on Sunday – but they maintained their depth at end by signing Solomon, a second-year player who spent the first month of the season on the New York Jets’ roster.  Originally a seventh-round pick by the Tennessee Titans in the 2012 draft, Solomon has played in 14 NFL games and recorded four tackles.

The Titans traded a 2013 sixth-round pick in order to grab an extra seventh to take Solomon at #211 overall in 2012.  He had started four seasons at Rice and tied the school’s career sack record with 24.  At 6-3 and 262 pounds, the edge rusher he has variously been listed as a linebacker or an end in the NFL, depending upon whether he was being employed in a 3-4 or a 4-3 front.  The Bucs slotted him at right end in their 4-3 front on the depth chart.

- DE Da'Quan Bowers played in 13 games in 2013, with two starts
Solomon made the roster as a rookie in Tennessee and appeared in 13 games.  He was released at the end of this year’s training camp by the Titans but quickly claimed by the Jets.  He saw action in one game for New York before being waived on October 4.

Bowers played in 13 games with two starts during his third NFL season, contributing seven tackles, one sack and four quarterback hits.  His sack was actually the sum of two half-sacks, one each against Miami and Buffalo.