NaVorro Bowman LB SF 2 months ago

Bowman seems to be progressing well in his return from an ACL tear, claiming that he is "back in playmaking mode" after Friday's OTAs.

Bowman made an interception in the back of the endzone during Friday's OTA session and seems well on his way to returning to All-Pro form. He did mention that he doesn't enjoy playing with a knee brace, as it limits his mobility, but he understands that it is there to protect his knee. The 49ers are hoping that Bowman can return to his former self after losing two starters at middle linebacker this offseason.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 3 months ago

Bowman (knee) resumed practicing Tuesday during the 49ers' minicamp, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.

It's the first time Bowman has been able to take the field since suffering a gruesome ACL tear during the NFC Championship Game in January 2014. Despite missing the entire past season, Bowman is still viewed as the 49ers' anchor in the middle following the offseason retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, though it remains to be seen if the 26-year-old can rediscover his pre-injury form. He was exceptionally productive during his last full season in 2013, recording a career-high 145 tackles and two interceptions over 16 games.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 4 months ago

Bowman is expected to be ready for on-field team activities at the end of April, CSN Bay Area reports.

Bowman spent the entire 2014 season rehabbing from a gruesome knee injury in the 2013 NFC Championship game, but it appears as though he is finally ready to make his comeback to the field. Coach Jim Tomsula said that he expects Bowman to participate in 49ers' mini-camp at the end of the month. With both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retiring this offseason, Bowman will be asked to be the team's defensive leader from the middle linebacker position this season.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 8 months ago

Bowman (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Bowman's gruesome knee injury from last year's NFC Championship game ended up costing him the entirety of 2014. He will hopefully be at 100 percent health well in advance of next year. His absence means that Chris Borland might be the top IDP option at linebacker until the year's conclusion.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 8 months ago

Bowman (knee) won't suit up Sunday in Seattle, the 49ers' official site reports.

Bowman, who hasn't made an appearance in practice this week, will instead attempt to make his season debut in Week 16 against the Chargers or Week 17 versus the Cardinals. As long as he's sidelined, though, Chris Borland and Michael Wilhoite will continue to hold down the fort at the 49ers' two inside linebacker spots.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 8 months ago

Bowman (knee) was added to the 49ers' active roster Tuesday, CSN's Matt Maiocco reports.

The report did not add anything about Bowman's health or expected role, but he will be eligible to play this week for the first time all season. Bowman made 145 tackles last season, so if he plays a regular role down the stretch, he could be a late factor in leagues that use IDPs.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 8 months ago

Bowman (knee) will spend this week rehabbing, not practicing, Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

While Bowman was expected to practice last week, the fact that he is not practicing this week suggests there might have been a setback. He could very well miss the entire season.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 8 months ago

Bowman (knee) is expected to practice next week, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.

Once Bowman begins practicing, the three-week clock begins to tick until the 49ers must either activate him or place him on season-ending injured reserve. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that there is a "real possibility" that Bowman will not return this season, but the 49ers will see how his knee looks in practice before making that decision.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 9 months ago

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that there is a "real possibility" Bowman (knee) will not play this season.

The 49ers must either add Bowman to their roster or place him on injured reserve by Tuesday, and this report suggests there is a good chance the latter is the option they end up choosing. Bowman could still be activated and placed on IR at a later date too, so he won't be totally out of the woods if he is activated next week. All in all, Bowman's status remains uncertain until the 49ers make an official decision.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 9 months ago

Bowman's MRI on his left knee checked out "fine," but his time line for a return is unclear, CSN Bay Area reports.

Bowman is in the stretch run of his recovery from ACL and MCL tears suffered in last January's NFC Championship Game at Seattle. His current workout regimen includes running and change-of-direction at close to full speed, but the 49ers must decide by next Tuesday whether to introduce him to practice, which opens a 21-day window in which he can be activated, or place him on season-ending injured reserve. Expect caution to be exercised due to the serviceable play of replacement Michael Wilhoite at inside linebacker.