The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday that the third-year defensive end has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
"I'm looking to be dominant," Bowers said in June. "Anything less than double-digit sacks is a failure for the season."
Bowers has struggled to stay healthy during his career, but his play never has been anything more than streaky. Where fellow lineman Gerald McCoy has pieced together a Pro Bowl-worthy season, Tampa hasn't seen the production it hoped for from Bowers, who might be on the bubble heading into next season.