NaVorro Bowman Injury: Updates on 49ers LB's Leg and Recovery

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 20, 2014

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Updates from Thursday, April 3

Bill Williamson of ESPN has an update on NaVorro Bowman's status:

Bowman also talked about the play that injured his knee on SportsCenter (via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk):

“I knew the position I was in. As soon as my knee went in, I felt a hot flame in my knee and I told the doc, ‘It’s torn,’” Bowman said.


“I know it’s already popped out,” Bowman said, describing his thoughts about his knee as he was on the ground. “Rolling over, trying to hold the ball, just hoping that they give us the ball, because I know exactly what just happened — I tore my knee and I’ve got the ball in my hand. So knowing we didn’t get the ball, I just felt like it wasn’t worth it, and I could have let the ball go and maybe saved my knee.”

Updates from Wednesday, April 2

CSN's Mindi Bach has the latest on Bowman:

“Look at me. I’m walking. That’s good enough, man. I’m not really thinking about practice or anything. I’m happy to be walking,” Bowman told the small group of media who were on hand to meet him at a Concord apparel store where he signed autographs for fans. “I can’t run on the field even if I wanted to…I’m going to continue working on my knee and see where I end up.”

“It’s part of the game. I’m not really a grudge type man. I have to move on if I want to continue playing.”

Updates from Thursday, Feb. 20

Jim Harbaugh updated NaVorro Bowman's status and gave a potential timeline for his return (via the 49ers):

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:

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported which surgeon will perform NaVorro Bowman's knee surgery:

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:

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:

Adam Schefter of ESPN had more on Bowman's timeline for recovery:

Bowman also spoke about the injury on his Twitter account: 

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman suffered a scary injury in the NFC Championship Game versus the Seattle Seahawks.

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:

Here's a GIF of the play (Warning: The injury is gruesome to watch).

After the game, the 49ers provided an update on Bowman:

Fellow linebacker Patrick Willis talked about Bowman's injury:

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.


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