The last time we saw San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman, he was being carted off in the 49ers NFC Championship Game loss to the Seattle Seahawks after having sustained a torn ACL and MCL on a goal line play where he somehow maintained possession of the ball despite his injury. Anyone who watched the play knew that Bowman would miss some significant time in the 2014 NFL season.
During his press conference prior to the start of the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh commented that he believed that Bowman would make a midseason return. Given when Bowman was injured, this is a realistic target for when he will be back on the field, roaming in the middle of the 49ers’ defense alongside Patrick Willis.
49ers fans can expect to see Bowman to start the 2014 season on the physically unable to perform list. This will give Bowman the chance to properly rehab from his knee injury instead of rushing him back onto the field of play when he is not ready. In short, it helps protect Bowman from himself.
Even though Bowman’s is likely to return around Weeks 8-11, it is hard to expect that he will be 100% even if everything goes as expected. At the very least, however, it means Bowman will be healthy enough to be a contributor when he does make his midseason return.