The Washington Times - September 6, 2012, 12:49PM

Defensive end Stephen Bowen started all 16 games last season, his first with the Redskins, despite tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 11th game.

He also had arthroscopic surgery on the knee in the spring for a separate injury. The PCL healed on its own because it was not completely torn, Bowen said. Now, he’s finally returning to top form, as evidenced by his strong performance against Indianapolis in the Redskins’ third preseason game, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Thursday morning.

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“I thought he had 12 games last year he was outstanding, and then when he got hurt, he kind of fell of a little bit at the end last year,” Haslett said. “[Against Indianapolis] I thought he looked like he did the first 12 games of the season where he’s picking up guards and throwing them around and putting pressure on people, playing physical.

“I was kind of excited for him. I didn’t see it early in training camp because he’s another one who’s trying to get back to 100 percent, but he looks to me like he’s ready to roll.”

Bowen, by the way, debuted a new sack celebration against the Colts. It involves two hand gestures, which he is unwilling to explain the origin or their meaning. He says it’s an inside joke between Brian Orakpo, Barry Cofield and him.