RICHMOND—Although Stephen Bowen was placed on the physically unable to perform list to open training camp, the Redskins defensive end is confident he won’t stay there for long.
Bowen said he’s cautiously optimistic that he’ll be cleared to resume practicing with his teammates at some point in the coming two weeks. The 30-year-old had microfracture surgery on his right knee in December.
“It’s feeling good,” Bowen said. “It’s just all about building up the muscles in my leg. It gets a little fatigued. But that comes with time. Right now, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.”
Asked about a timeframe for getting cleared, Bowen said: “I would say sometime during camp. I can’t tell you exactly when. But I would definitely think it’ll be during camp. …They don’t want me to force anything. We still have a lot of time.”
After being a full-time starter in Washington each of the last three seasons, Bowen’s role is uncertain at the moment. Jason Hatcher and Chris Baker have been working as the first string ends, while Jarvis Jenkins figures to be a prominent reserve.
Soon, though, Bowen expects to rejoin the conversation.
“I’m just going to keep working hard, bettering myself, take mental reps, help the guys and be in engaged,” Bowen said.