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NaVorro Bowman says it’s time for surgery

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49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee while trying to keep the Seahawks out of the end zone in the second half of the NFC Championship Game, injuries that will leave him with a lot of rehab before he’s ready to get back on the field for the 2014 season.

One big step of that rehab appears to be happening on Tuesday. Bowman shared a picture of himself in hospital garb on Instagram with the caption “Time for surgery,” which fits with the two-to-three week timeline that was needed for his MCL to heal enough for him to have surgery to repair the ACL tear.

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that Bowman’s surgery is being performed by Dr. James Andrews (you didn’t really expect Dr. Nick Riviera, did you?) in Pensacola, Florida.

Based on recoveries we’ve seen in recent years, there would seem to be a chance that Bowman will be ready for the start of the regular season. Every recovery is different, though, and Bowman will have to avoid any setbacks between now and September to feel totally positive about that chance.

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53 Responses to “NaVorro Bowman says it’s time for surgery”
  1. calicowboysfan86 says: Feb 4, 2014 11:25 AM

    Hoping for a full recovery. This man is a BEAST!

  2. ibreathefootball says: Feb 4, 2014 11:29 AM

    Hope it’s a successful surgery. This guy was starting to dominate the inside linebacker spot in the NFL.

  3. braceyourselffor12 says: Feb 4, 2014 11:30 AM

    What a horrific injury. As a Niner Faithful that symbolised the entire game. Even getting broke didn’t take away our heart to play to end of the whistle.

    But in the end we lost, and for the 2nd time in 3 years the team that beat us won the Supet Bowl. I wish all the best for Navarro in his recovery and hope to see him and Willis wrecking fools next season.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  4. dublindemonszfl says: Feb 4, 2014 11:31 AM

    Good Luck to you sir.

  5. redandgoldhitman52 says: Feb 4, 2014 11:32 AM

    thats a sad picture. hurts me to see NaVorro in that kind of pain.

  6. ravanator says: Feb 4, 2014 11:34 AM

    Navorro Bowman is weak. He would not start for any team in the AFC North. I have spoken

    #ravensnation

  7. trollhammer20 says: Feb 4, 2014 11:37 AM

    I wish him a speedy recovery, and hope that the Niners won’t RG3 him back onto the field too quickly. Adrian Peterson is the exception, not the rule, and I fear that one day a player will end their career early attempting to recover according to arbitrary calendar dates as opposed to when their body is really ready to play again.

  8. keepingitrealdumb says: Feb 4, 2014 11:39 AM

    the true D player of this year

  9. seatownballers says: Feb 4, 2014 11:42 AM

    Get better man. Rehab extra if you must. Seahawks have nothing but respect for Bowman. I wouldn’t want any other rivalry in sports. Some idiot poured popcorn on him as he was carted off. The actions of one fool, do not speak for our entire fanbase. Yet, we apologize for that.
    Get well soon

  10. kaeptaincrunch says: Feb 4, 2014 11:47 AM

    Hoping for a great recovery, no need to rush things!

    Can’t wait to have you back on the field wrecking havoc again, ‘Bo!

  11. dcoy68 says: Feb 4, 2014 11:49 AM

    Best of luck in surgery & rehab! Dont set a time line for getting back on the field…just get back when you’re ready!

  12. allhailkingflacco says: Feb 4, 2014 11:49 AM

    Wow ! Looks like Seattle parlayed their knock out blow to SF into even better odds of repeating next year.

  13. 49erfan44 says: Feb 4, 2014 11:50 AM

    Get well soon Bowman. Absolute stud!

  14. frk49rs says: Feb 4, 2014 11:54 AM

    I hope they pup him for the first 6 weeks, I would rather him have more time to heal. I want him back as much as the next niner fan, but I want him back to stay, not a percy harven issue after issue. We have some great depth at ilb, so that some time and get as right as you can for our next playoff push.

  15. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Feb 4, 2014 11:54 AM

    Is he “All in for Week One?”

  16. asimonetti88 says: Feb 4, 2014 12:00 PM

    The play he was injured on has to be one of the most impressive plays in recent years. Completely shattered his knee in what had to be an incredible amount of pain, still kept the receiver out of the end zone, forced a fumble and recovered and held onto that fumble while being injured.

    Even Seahawks fans (well, outside that isolated idiot that thought it would be funny to throw food at him) have to admit that was an impressive display of strength by Bowman.

  17. maxwell0116 says: Feb 4, 2014 12:09 PM

    Since the Seahawks joined the NFC West in 2002:

    Head to Head record: Seattle – 14 wins San Francisco – 11 wins

    Playoff Wins: Seattle – 9 wins San Francisco – 6 Wins

    Division Titles: Seattle – 6 San Francisco – 3

    Conference Titles: Seattle – 2 San Francisco – 1

    Super Bowl Champs Seattle – 1 San Francisco – 0

    Pretty easy to say that while San Francisco was a better team 20 years ago, the Seahawks are clearly the dominant franchise now.

  18. bubba9er says: Feb 4, 2014 12:11 PM

    Any team in any division would give their two front teeth to have the ILB tandem the Niners have right now.

    Bow, please make sure you are fully healed before you come back. You have a long career ahead of you and you have invested in helping the rest of the LB corps get better. When you are straight, get back on the field and play with no reservations, but not until you are straight.

  19. kerrchris65 says: Feb 4, 2014 12:12 PM

    In the play that he had his knee rolled on, Bowman obtained possession of the ball and held it until he got on the ground. Then somehow Marshawn Lynch and the rest of the Seahawks managed to pile on and rip the ball from a guy who tore the ligaments in his knee. NFL needs to fix the rule book. Luckily they got the ball on the next play.

    from a Browns fan.

  20. thefox61 says: Feb 4, 2014 12:14 PM

    This Seahawks fan is wishing you a speedy and complete recovery Mr. Bowman. You play with heart and ferocity, the way football is meant to be played. Looking forward to seeing you twice (maybe thrice?) next year.

  21. dc49er says: Feb 4, 2014 12:15 PM

    braceyourselffor12 says:
    Feb 4, 2014 11:30 AM
    But in the end we lost, and for the 2nd time in 3 years the team that beat us won the Supet Bowl. I wish all the best for Navarro in his recovery and hope to see him and Willis wrecking fools next season.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Actually the 3rd time…Giants, Ravens, Hawks all won. Time to get over that hump!

  22. mcha48108 says: Feb 4, 2014 12:16 PM

    Here’s hoping that Navarro will recover ASAP – he is a heck of a linebacker!

  23. capspats says: Feb 4, 2014 12:17 PM

    Love this guy, absolute beast. Hope he heals quick

  24. thebirdofprey2 says: Feb 4, 2014 12:17 PM

    No matter who you cheer for Navorro Bowman is an absolute beast on the field and plays the game like a throwback player.

    I hope you are healthy and ready for next year because the game of football is better with guys like you out there.

  25. bigbaldpapahawk says: Feb 4, 2014 12:21 PM

    Get well! The NFC West is the class of the league. You are a big part of that.

    GO HAWKS!

  26. ballhawkers12s says: Feb 4, 2014 12:23 PM

    Best of luck and speedy recovery. Only the upmost respect for bowman here in Seattle. one of the best linebackers in the league and can’t wait till you get back to the field for this rivalry.

  27. oakland49er2014 says: Feb 4, 2014 12:28 PM

    The real defensive player of the year. He’s a 49er so there’s no doubt that he’s going to rehab with an intensity unknown to mankind and He’s going to comeback stronger than ever.

  28. lombarditrophies says: Feb 4, 2014 12:32 PM

    I really hate the 49ers but holding onto that ball as his leg was twisted like a pretzel…you gotta respect his toughness.

  29. ultrawolf123 says: Feb 4, 2014 12:33 PM

    Have a great surgery and full recovery, you are a great player.
    From the 12th man.

  30. georgiefan says: Feb 4, 2014 12:44 PM

    “Some idiot poured popcorn on him as he was carted off. ”

    ——————————
    Didn’t happen. Watch the video. Someone was leaning over to see and popcorn spilled. The “poured popcorn” was media hype.

  31. unbridledsexy says: Feb 4, 2014 12:44 PM

    As a Hawks fan I can’t say enough good things about Bowman. The guy is incredible and anyone would pay an arm and a leg to have the guy wearing their colors. I hope they give him the time needed to fully recover from this, he is to valuable to his team, the rivalry, and the NFL to lose him to impatience. Best of luck bowman and niners fans! We’ll see you next year!

  32. reecan says: Feb 4, 2014 12:49 PM

    That was sad to see him slightly raise his head to look at the popcorn fans threw down on him as he was carted into the tunnel. But that kind of stuff sticks in your head as your going through rehab. Narrow is a classy, smart, courageous, determined athlete that will rise up from this set back. Prayers are with you my brother.

  33. flipadelphia says: Feb 4, 2014 12:56 PM

    From a Lions fan. Hope he heals up 100%. I enjoy watching him play.

  34. ravanator says: Feb 4, 2014 1:02 PM

    The Seahawks pay Texas A&M $5000 annually to use the dumb “12th Man”, what a pathetic and weak franchise.

    #ihavespoken
    #unoriginal

  35. pdway says: Feb 4, 2014 1:29 PM

    the Hawks/Niners rivalry wouldn’t be the same without Bowman, Willis and the rest of the Niners D.

    I realized when looking back on this year, that at least two of the best moments of this entire year involved the Hawks games against SF. having a true rival is one the best parts of sports fandom.

    hope he has a 100% recovery and is ready for week 1.

  36. illinininer says: Feb 4, 2014 1:30 PM

    I would like to extend sincere appreciation to the Seahawks fans who showed the utmost class in their above comments. Respect.

  37. topgun1019 says: Feb 4, 2014 1:37 PM

    Cheathawks time has come. One SB and done. In salary cap hell next season. Will need to cut players and end up signing low draft picks or UFA’s. Cheat’n Pete will pump ‘em up with PED’s, and skip out of town right before the NFL sanctions get handed down. Book it!

  38. pulledgroin says: Feb 4, 2014 1:38 PM

    As a football fan I can say there aren’t any better in the league currently. As a Seahawk fan I can say it blows to have to face that Niners linebacking crew twice a year with Bowman being the cream iof a very impressive crop. Heal up fast and lets keep the toughtest division crown in the NFC West again.

  39. pdway says: Feb 4, 2014 1:40 PM

    “Cheathawks time has come. One SB and done.”

    First it was one and done in the playoffs, then it was you’ll get killed by the Niners, and then destroyed by the Broncos.

    I kind of love that the troll comments now have to resort to this – - like it’s some sort of insult . . . I guess when that’s all you have left, you use what you’ve got.

  40. xestenz says: Feb 4, 2014 2:06 PM

    ‘I kind of love that the troll comments now have to resort to this – – like it’s some sort of insult . . . I guess when that’s all you have left, you use what you’ve got.’

    Love the irony that a hawks fan’s handle is ‘p[e]dway…

  41. chawk12thman says: Feb 4, 2014 2:18 PM

    Respect and good wishes on a full and speedy recovery. NFC West isn’t going anywhere for the next few years folks so the rest of the NFL better get ready for an old fashion thumping. Bowman is an elite part of that thumping crew. Hope to see him back at full strength next season and beyond.

    Predict that the next two Super Bowl Champions come from the NFC West. I hope that it is the Seahawks, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see it be SF, AZ or even St. Louis.

  42. ydousuk says: Feb 4, 2014 2:39 PM

    From a Seahawks’ fan. I hope your rehab goes well.

  43. abqhawk says: Feb 4, 2014 2:50 PM

    Seahawk fan here – wishing you the best and a speedy recovery Mr Bowman. Hope to see you on the field next year.

  44. hawkstradamus says: Feb 4, 2014 4:21 PM

    Looks like the quest for six dosent have a leg to stand on. With hgh testing on its way I wouldn’t expect bowman back next year.

  45. hawkforlife says: Feb 4, 2014 4:23 PM

    Great football player. Hope he’s back at 100% soon.

  46. myrtlebeachninersfan says: Feb 4, 2014 4:26 PM

    I am extremely surprised to see all these positive comments from Seahawks fans in here. It is nice to see that even the sickest of rivalries can still show respect and put personal injuries ahead of the game. I hope the trollers responding with anti-Seattle comments are not 49ers fans, as I would be ashamed to call myself of the same cloth. Thank you all for your words of respect. Congrats on your Super Bowl, well deserved.

    Get better Bowman!

  47. humpofdc says: Feb 4, 2014 4:26 PM

    From all of us who watched you tear it up when you played for District Heights Boys and Girls Club, get well and have a speedy recovery Chief. The kids really look up to you!

  48. hess97 says: Feb 4, 2014 4:28 PM

    Bowman is incredible. The amount big time plays he’s made in the 3 championship games + playoffs+ big regular season games speaks volumes about what his value is to his team. hope he fully recovers.
    God Bless, Bo!

  49. beastmode5150 says: Feb 4, 2014 4:51 PM

    Get back to 100 Navarro! SF and SEA will be winning titles for the next decade so both teams need to be at full strength

    -Hawks Fan

  50. seabronco says: Feb 4, 2014 5:04 PM

    Hope it goes terribly

  51. cowstache says: Feb 4, 2014 5:10 PM

    As a Seahawks fan I completely respect this guys ability. He was flying all over the field before the injury in the NFCCG. He is truly talented, and has a nose for the ball. Plus the guy hits like a tank! I wish you the best, and can’t wait to see you out there competing next year. Good luck, and God bless.

  52. bert1913 says: Feb 4, 2014 5:19 PM

    I hope you have as much success for the Santa Clara 49ers as you had for the San Francisco 49ers

  53. fubar000 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:18 PM

    Good battle against them Hawks, Bowman! Get better, man-(From a Packers fan)

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