The Washington Times - December 20, 2012, 03:29PM

Defensive end Stephen Bowen is prepared to play through pain for the rest of the season after tearing his upper left biceps in Sunday’s win over Cleveland.

“It was real bad the first Monday and Tuesday, but then Wednesday, yesterday, all my strength started coming back and I’m feeling good, doing what I can in practice,” Bowen said Thursday. “I’ll definitely be playing on Sunday.”

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Bowen has been one of the Redskins’ best defenders this season. His strength and agility have been major assets to a front seven that ranks 13th in the NFL giving up 4.21 yards per carry. His 47 tackles are ninth on the team. He has one sack.

Bowen played the end of last season through a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, so he’s accustomed to fighting through pain.

“I’ve just got to suck it up, man,” he said. “Everybody gets nicks and knacks. I played through a torn PCL last year. I won’t have any problem playing through this. It’s getting better. I’m getting all my strength back. I’m just feeling better every day.

“I don’t know if I’ll be 100 percent, but I’ll definitely be good enough to get the job done.”