Stephen Bowen: 'I have to suck it up'

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen didn’t miss a game the last time he suffered this tear. He doesn’t plan to miss any time after his latest one.

Bowen tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears. He tore the same ligament in his other knee midway through the 2011 season and didn’t miss a game.

“It’s sore, it hurts but I have to suck it up,” Bowen said. “I’m aiming to play this week. I’ve got to see how it goes. I think I’ll be. That’s going based on how my left knee was two years ago. It’s starting to feel better than it was Monday.”

Bowen said he hurt his knee Sunday when the cleats of Bears tackle Jermon Bushrod got tangled in Bowen’s shoestring. Bowen said he banged his knee on the ground. But he continued to play.

And he doesn’t want to miss Sunday’s game at Denver, knowing the Redskins are trying to get momentum.

“We have a chance to still turn the season around,” Bowen said. “If I’m going to be a guy that can’t affect the game, I won’t force myself out there and hurt the team.”

Bowen said when he played with the same injury two years ago, “it was hard the first week but as the weeks went on it started to feel a lot better.”

Meanwhile, safety Reed Doughty said he’s feeling better than he did Sunday after suffering a concussion. But when asked if he was still having symptoms, Doughty would only say he’ll see how he’s feeling Sunday.