Updates from Thursday, Feb. 20
Jim Harbaugh updated NaVorro Bowman's status and gave a potential timeline for his return (via the 49ers):
Harbaugh said he "wouldn't count NaVorro Bowman out" of a Week 1 return, but said mid-season is more realistic.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) February 20, 2014
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area has more from Harbaugh on Bowman:
When asked if the 49ers would be inclined to sit out Bowman for a period of time even after he's medically cleared, Harbaugh answered, "We’re going to make sure in his case, yes. No question about it. We’ll take good care of NaVorro Bowman. That would be sthe smart thing, wouldn’t it?
Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 4
NaVorro Bowman underwent surgery on his ACL, according to Pro Football Talk:
NaVorro Bowman's ACL surgery has concluded, per source. It went well.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 4, 2014
CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported which surgeon will perform NaVorro Bowman's knee surgery:
Source: 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman's knee surgery is being conducted by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) February 4, 2014
Bowman previously provided a pre-surgery image on Instagram:
Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 21
CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco says NaVorro Bowman will wait to have his ACL surgery until after the MCL has healed:
NaVorro Bowman will require ACL surgery in two or three weeks after the MCL heals.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) January 21, 2014
Maiocco provides quotes from Jim Harbaugh, who speaks about Bowman's recovery:
"He’s got healing ahead," Harbaugh said on Tuesday. "He’s got grueling rehab ahead. That is not the way that you would’ve wanted foreseen his offsesason to be after coming off what many have talked about, and deservedly so, of a defensive-player-of-the-year type of performance. Great year by NaVorro.
"Knowing what’s inside of NaVorro Bowman, I have great faith in the human agency of NaVorro Bowman to continue to be great."
Updates from Monday, Jan. 20
Pro Football Talk has confirmed that NaVorro Bowman has torn the ACL and MCL in his injured knee:
MRI shows torn ACL and MCL for LB NaVorro Bowman, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 20, 2014
Adam Schefter of ESPN had more on Bowman's timeline for recovery:
49ers LB NaVorro Bowman is expected to be ready for the start of the 2014 season, per source. Bowman will undergo surgery on his torn ACL.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 20, 2014
Bowman also spoke about the injury on his Twitter account:
Just wanna say Thank You for everyone's support it sucks not going to lie but I will get through this it's in Gods hands now.— Navorro Bowman (@NBowman53) January 21, 2014
In the fourth quarter of what ended as a 23-17 Seattle win, with the Seahawks trying to push the ball into the end zone, Bowman was able to strip the ball away from wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and grab it. However, his knee was caught underneath Kearse at a very awkward angle, and he went down in obvious pain.
Bowman was carted off the field, via the team's Twitter account:
#49ers LB NaVorro Bowman carted off field after goal-line play.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 20, 2014
Here's a GIF of the play (Warning: The injury is gruesome to watch).
After the game, the 49ers provided an update on Bowman:
Harbaugh said the preliminary assessment on @NBowman53 is a torn ACL.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 20, 2014
Fellow linebacker Patrick Willis talked about Bowman's injury:
Patrick Willis vowed to aid @NBowman53 on his recovery. "I'll be with him every step of the way."— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 20, 2014
Willis on @NBowman53 injury: "The bond that we have is so much deeper than the game we play."— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 20, 2014
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area provided an additional statement from Willis:
I know how tough he is. When he couldn’t get up on his own and I could hear him yelling, at that point I didn’t even care where the ball was.
If he doesn’t get Defensive Player of the Year, I don’t know what they go by. Most important, I just pray he’s all right. I just saw him a little bit after the game.
I know that he wanted nothing more than to be out there and finish that game with us. Win, lose or draw, I know he wanted to be there with us. He’s going to be all right. He’s strong mentally and physically strong.
Despite Bowman maintaining possession on the replay, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was able to take the ball away from him after he went down, and it was ruled Seattle's ball. While the play was non-reviewable, Lynch ended up losing the handoff on the very next snap as the Seahawks turned it over on downs.
Bowman was one of the best players on the 49ers defense this season, tallying 145 combined tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions with one returned for a score. He earned a second consecutive Pro Bowl selection for his efforts.