It has been an eventful few months for Walnut Ridge stud defensive lineman Robert Bowers.

After reporting a few days ago that Bowers verbally committed to Michigan State on Aug. 3, I have it confirmed from Scots coach Byron Mattox that Bowers likely will miss at least half of this season with an injury.

During the offseason, Bowers decided to have surgery for a shoulder injury and is in the recovery process.

Although Mattox said he isn't sure when Bowers will be able to return, Bowers' goal is play at least the second half of the season.

If Bowers could somehow return by week five, he'd be back in time for Walnut Ridge's Thursday night game Sept. 26 at Marion-Franklin which could end up having City League-South title implications.

Last season, the Scots lost 7-6 to the Red Devils in week six in a game that also was held on a Thursday. Walnut Ridge won its next four and ended up 7-3, but that loss, along with a 21-20 loss to Groveport in week three, kept the Scots from making the Division II, Region 7 playoffs.

Bowers is a 6-5, 211-pounder who also should play tight end as well as defensive end if he gets back on the field this season.