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NaVorro Bowman Upbeat about Knee Recovery

Posted Apr 2, 2014

San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman spoke with Bay Area reporters this week. Bowman said he still has "a lot of football left in me."

NaVorro Bowman returned to the Bay Area this week to check in with coaches and team doctors at the San Francisco 49ers training facility.

The All-Pro linebacker also posed for a locker room photo with Jim Harbaugh and defensive teammates Tramaine Brock and C.J. Spillman.

Bowman’s demeanor wasn’t that of a player who had just begun the challenging process of recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee. Instead, the dominant linebacker and creator of “The Pick at the ‘Stick” looked pleased to be back around his office and coworkers.

The 2013 Len Eshmont award recipient visited 49ers headquarters without crutches or a knee brace. He was later spotted walking around at a sports memorabilia show where he spoke with a group of Bay Area reporters.

“Look at me, I’m walking,” the 25-year-old linebacker told the San Jose Mercury News. “So that’s good enough, man. I’m not really thinking about practice or anything. I’m happy to be walking and happy to be able to play again.”

It’s too early in the recovery process for Bowman’s return date to be immediately known.

Harbaugh said at the NFL Scouting Combine
that his star linebacker could be available by the middle or end of the 2014 regular season.  The recovery process is comparable to what the team experienced with Michael Crabtree’s Achilles rehabilitation in 2013.

Bowman’s injury took place during the NFC title game loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 19. It occurred on a Seattle goal-line fumble that saw Seahawks players wrestle the ball from Bowman underneath a pile of players.

Bowman had possession of the football and appeared to be down by contact, but the 49ers could not challenge the ruling on the field. In the future, however, these types of plays are now reviewable thanks to a rule change recently passed at the recent NFL owners’ meeting.

READ: Five NFL Rule Changes and How They Affect the 49ers

“That doesn’t fix my knee,” Bowman said of the change, “but (the wrong call) won’t happen anymore.”

The linebacker said he doesn’t hold a grudge about what took place in Seattle.

“I’m always looking at the bigger picture,” Bowman said. “I’m young, and I know I still have a lot of football left in me. So all I have to do is get my knee back feeling good, if not better than it was. Then I’ll be fine.”


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