NaVorro Bowman LB SF 2 Days

Bowman, who is bouncing back from a torn ACL, recently resumed sprinting, the 49ers' official site reports.

Currently on the 49ers' PUP list, Bowman will be sidelined for at least for the first six games of the season, but the team hopes that the linebacker can return to action at some point during the second half of the campaign. In the meantime, Michael Wilhoite is filling in for Bowman at inside linebacker.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 20 Days

Bowman (knee) was placed on the physically unable to perform list Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Bowman suffered an ACL tear in last season's NFC Championship game, so this move isn't overly surprising, as he was expected to be out until at least the halfway point anyway. He'll now miss through Week 6 at the minimum, but may not be available to help the 49ers' defense until the final few weeks of the year. Excluding drafts with very deep benches, Bowman can likely be ignored as an IDP until the second half.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 20 Days

Bowman will likely be placed in the physically unable to perform list, CSN Bay Area reports.

This should come as no surprise as Bowman wasn't expected to return from the ACL tear he sustained in the NFC Championship last season until midseason at the earliest. By going on the PUP list, he won't be able to rejoin the team until week 7, which would be on the low end of his expected recovery time.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 2 Months

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.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 2 Months

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.

NaVorro Bowman LB SF 2 Months

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.