Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers
was activated for Thursday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings after spending the first seven weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list.
Bowers, who suffered a torn Achilles in May, returned to the practice field Oct. 17.
He was a second-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2011, and he played all 16 games last year, making six starts. He wound up with 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The Buccaneers cleared a roster spot for Bowers by cutting cornerback LeQuan Lewis
. Tampa Bay signed Lewis in September, and he appeared in one game, recording one tackle and one pass defensed.
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