Tampa Bay Buccaneers: NFL Lockout Good Thing for Da'Quan Bowers

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJune 3, 2011

Da'Quan Bowers had a chondroplasty procedure.
Da'Quan Bowers had a chondroplasty procedure.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

This NFL lockout is simply horrible.

It's horrible for fans and horrible for young teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Horrible. Yuck. Bleah.

For the Buccaneers' second-round draft pick, Da'Quan Bowers, though, it's probably good news.

You see, no one is really certain about the knee of the media-shy Bowers.

The "chosen one" from Clemson had a radio interview this week, and we can now put on our orthopedic hat and give you some insight as to what went on with the player everyone hopes will become the 2011 version of Buccaneer wide receiver Mike Williams.

Bowers made some revelations about his widely discussed joint, including the surgical procedure on his knee.

In the interview, Bowers explained that he underwent chondroplasty rather than microfracture surgery.

"You know, a lot of people think I had microfracture surgery, which isn't the case," Bowers said. "I had a surgery called chondroplasty, and it's nothing like microfracture. It was a small surgery. I was walking the same day without crutches."

Now, what may be even more encouraging is Bowers relating a conversation he had with world-famous surgeon to star athletes, Dr. James Andrews.

Bowers said, "I have spoken with Dr. Andrews, and he did some research on my knee, and there are no long-terms effects."

Fact is, Bowers is still in his rehabilitation stage. In the same interview, he said he could probably do "80 to 90 percent" of the drills right now.

If there is any silver lining whatsoever to this ludicrous lockout, then Bowers may be the beneficiary.

He still has the entire month of June and most of July to recover. That's taking into consideration the optimistic thought camp might actually open on time at the end of July.

Sure, there were these "secret" meetings, but nothing is happening so far.

Hopefully, there's a lot of healing going on with Bowers.

This Buccaneer defensive line needs healing as well.

Brian Price needs to come back 100 percent.

Gerald McCoy needs to come back 100 percent.

Adrian Clayborn is the one guy we know who's healthy and chomping at the bit to get going.

As for Bowers, what a bonus he could be.

Anyone up for a little chondroplasty?