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49ers placed ILB Navorro Bowman (knee) on the active/PUP list.
As expected. Bowman is going to be sidelined throughout camp and the entire preseason. He's unlikely to return until Week 9, following San Francisco's Week 8 bye. Michael Wilhoite is the favorite to open the season in Bowman's starting spot next to Patrick Willis. Bowman shredded his ACL and MCL in the playoffs.
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According to the Sacramento Bee, the "smart money" is on 49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (ACL, MCL surgery) returning after the 49ers' Week 8 bye.
Likely to open the season on reserve/PUP, Bowman could return in Week 7 in a best case scenario. As San Francisco's bye is the following week, however, Week 9 as a target date makes sense. The 49ers will hold a camp battle to choose Bowman's first-half replacement. Michael Wilhoite is the early favorite.
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49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (ACL, MCL surgery) will be placed on the active/PUP list next week.
It's a procedural move, as Bowman is expected to open 2014 on the reserve/PUP list. Bowman is five months removed from knee surgery and targeting a midseason return.
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CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco projects 49ers ILB Navorro Bowman's (ACL, MCL surgery) likeliest possible return dates October 19 at Denver or November 2 against St. Louis, following San Francisco's Week 8 bye.
So that's Week 7 or Week 9. Maiocco is just guessing, but it's an informed guess. The Niners are tentatively expected to use a rotation of Michael Wilhoite and rookie Chris Borland next to Patrick Willis until Bowman returns.
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49ers ILB Navorro Bowman agreed to convert $3.27 million of his $4 million 2014 base salary into a signing bonus in order to create cap space.
Bowman doesn't lose any money and instead gets a $3.27 million check handed to him. He'll earn a fully-guaranteed $730,000 base salary this season. The move creates a little less than $3 million in cap room for the 49ers, money which could possibly be used for a Colin Kaepernick extension. Bowman continues to to recover from a torn ACL and MCL and will start the season on PUP.
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49ers GM Trent Baalke confirmed he expects ILB Navorro Bowman (knee) to open the season on the PUP list.
Bowman is making progress from his knee surgeries, but is just two months into the rehab program. He's not going to be ready for Week 1 and a mid-season return remains his most likely timetable. If the 49ers place Bowman on reserve/PUP, he'll be ineligible for the first six weeks.
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49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (ACL, MCL surgery) expects to return "about the middle of the season."
Bowman said Tuesday that he's ahead of schedule in his rehab, but mid-season was always his most likely return date. Speaking in February, coach Jim Harbaugh all but assured that Bowman would begin the year on the reserve/PUP list, costing him the first six games. Bowman is a little more than two months removed from shredding his knee in the NFC Championship Game.
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49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (ACL, MCL surgery) says he's ahead of schedule in his rehab, and that the 49ers are "excited" by his progress.
Although it's nice to hear Bowman is ahead of schedule instead of vice versa, it's still extremely early in the rehab process. We're unlikely to get a realistic idea of his potential return date before training camp. Coach Jim Harbaugh has suggested Bowman will begin the season on the reserve/PUP list, costing him the first six games of the season.
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49ers coach Jim Harbaugh doesn't expect ILB Navorro Bowman (ACL) to be ready for Week 1, and considers mid-season his most "realistic" return date.
"Realistically, halfway through the season (or) something like that would be more realistic (than Week 1)," Harbaugh said. "But I never underestimate NaVorro Bowman." Harbaugh's words are a strong indication that Bowman will begin the season on the reserve/PUP list, automatically costing him the first six games. Bowman was even farther along in the postseason than Robert Griffin III was when he tore his ACL, so Week 1 was always a remote possibility.
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49ers ILB Navorro Bowman is undergoing surgery on his left knee Tuesday.
Dr. James Andrews will perform the reconstruction of Bowman's left ACL in Pensacloa, Fla. Bowman suffered the gruesome knee injury that wrecked his ACL and MCL in the NFC Championship game three Sundays ago. Bowman has his youth working in his favor -- he's just 25 -- but is highly questionable for Week 1.