Bowen agreed to a restructuring of his contract last week, which reduced his salary cap hit for this season and should help him keep his roster spot as he continues to work his way back to full strength. As for his ability to be ready for Week 1 against the Houston Texans, head coach Jay Gruden said "it's hard to say" if Bowen will be ready to go.
Gruden said he'd like to see Bowen practice as soon as possible after Washington's fourth preseason game in order to see if he has a realistic shot to be ready for the season opener. But Gruden also suggested that the ultimate decision will be up to Bowen and trainer Larry Hess.
Bowen has yet to practice fully, or more importantly face contact, and Gruden's comments suggest he has no chance to play at all in the preseason. The Redskins surely would like to have him in their defensive line mix this season, but Bowen still carries a $4.69 million salary cap hit for this year and if there's any doubt about his health the team may choose to cut their losses.
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