Redskins defensive Stephen Bowen says the torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee is not as painful as the one he suffered two years ago in his left knee, but his status for Sunday’s game at Denver remains unclear.
“We’ll see,” Bowen said. “In my mind, I feel that by Sunday, I’ll be ready, but if I don’t feel that I’m ready to play, I’m not gonna force myself and hurt my teammates.”
Bowen tore the PCL in his left knee two years ago and played the final five games of the regular season with it. But it does effect his explosion off the ball and if that affects his ability to perform, especially against an offense as powerful as Denver’s, then that must be taken into account.
“Especially on the D-line, we set a bar for ourselves,” Bowen said. “We expect to dominate anybody we play against. If I’m not out there trying to dominate, there’s no point in me being out there.”
Bowen doesn’t have a sack through six games this season, but says he’s frustrated because he’d been playing better in recent weeks. He has seven solo tackles and 15 combined. Bowen was hurt during Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Trainers have taped his knee in a preventative way that stops it from extending all the way as his does rehabilitation to build strength in the knee.
“As I keep increasing strength, I’m sure I’ll get back to normal,” said Bowen, who was limited in practice on Wednesday.