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San Francisco 49ers Will Have to Be Patient with NaVorro Bowman

October 7th, 2014 at 3:04 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers recently improved their record to 3-2 and have given up the second fewest total yards per game in the NFL with 282.8 yards (just .4 yards more than the Detroit Lions). While the Niners defense has performed admirably through the first five games, one wonders how long that will last as the red and gold are still missing a few key players, arguably none bigger than All-Pro inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Bowman is still recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered during last year's NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks. The fifth-year pro is eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list next week, but will require several additional weeks to be ready to practice and especially game action, according to Niners' Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio.

"NaVorro’s doing well in his rehab,” Fangio said. “He still has to be out two more games, at least, then he’ll be out several after that. But he’s doing well. He’s had no roadblocks in his rehab. Everything’s gone smooth. He’s ahead of where he should be and we’re looking forward to his return at some point."

"I think at some point he’ll eventually play. But right now it’s still later than sooner. . . He’s going to need a couple weeks of practice to get his legs under him and feel comfortable playing on his leg." – Via Comcast Sports Net Bay Area

Bowman had never missed a game since being drafted by the Niners in 2010 and had not missed a start since lining up next to Patrick Willis in the starting lineup in 2011. Michaell Wilhoite has been starting in the Penn State product's place. Wilhoite has proven to be a solid back-up and has recorded 20 tackles, two pass deflections and one forced fumble in Bowman's absence.

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