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Bucs pleased with progress of rookie DE Bowers

Updated: August 10, 2011, 7:27 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Da'Quan Bowers is eager to prove the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were right, and 31 other teams were wrong about a knee injury that hurt his stock in the NFL draft.

The former Clemson defensive end led the nation in sacks last season and was considered a probable top 10 pick before undergoing surgery in January.

Some teams shied away from him on draft day, fearing a less than full recovery might shorten his pro career. But the Bucs were encouraged by the medical reports they ...

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