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NaVorro Bowman: New rule is great, but it doesn’t fix my knee


The NaVorro Bowman Rule has the seal of approval from the man who gave it its name.

Bowman, the 49ers’ All-Pro linebacker, says he is glad the owners voted to allow recovery of a loose ball in the field of play to be reviewed on instant replay. During the NFC Championship Game, Bowman recovered a Seahawks fumble only to have the officials for some reason rule that he hadn’t. Replays made clear that he had the ball, but under the prior NFL rules, the referee wasn’t allowed to use replay to get the call right.

Adding injury to insult for Bowman was that he suffered a very serious knee injury on the play. Bowman told the San Jose Mercury News that he’s working hard at rehabbing.

That doesn’t fix my knee,” Bowman said of the rule change, “but [the wrong call] won’t happen anymore.”

Bowman said he isn’t motivated either by the bad call that went against him or by any type of ill will toward the Seahawks. He’s just working hard at getting back on the field.

“I’m not really a grudge type man,” Bowman said. “I got to move on if I want to continue playing.”

The big question facing Bowman is when he can continue playing. He may have to open the season on the physically unable to perform list, and he said he doesn’t have a specific schedule for full recovery. This was a severe injury, suffered while making a great play that the officials missed.

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49 Responses to “NaVorro Bowman: New rule is great, but it doesn’t fix my knee”
  1. wiskybuck says: Apr 2, 2014 7:56 AM

    What’s the rule have to do with his knee?

  2. stainlineho says: Apr 2, 2014 7:57 AM

    Wah wah wah you’re job is a football player. Suck it up.

  3. stainlineho says: Apr 2, 2014 7:58 AM


  4. palatypus says: Apr 2, 2014 8:10 AM

    You fail to mention he was injured by his own player.

  5. jamezz23 says: Apr 2, 2014 8:28 AM

    I hate niners but love their linebackers, they are always in the right position and play so hard. It was hard to see this happen live. The way his contract is, he’s not getting paid until 2014 either. A guy of his caliber tears his knee up and is barely making over a mil a year after taxes. Hope he recovers

  6. abqhawk says: Apr 2, 2014 8:38 AM

    Seahawk fan here, hoping you have a speedy recovery sir.

  7. ashure71 says: Apr 2, 2014 8:42 AM

    Great outlook NaVorro, hope you have a speedy recovery!!

  8. achillesofwooters says: Apr 2, 2014 8:42 AM

    As a Seahawks fan, I’m wishing Bowman the best of luck for a complete recovery. He’s a great player & the rivalry is at it’s best when both teams are at full strength going at it.

  9. poridge1214 says: Apr 2, 2014 8:52 AM

    Horrific injury. Take the entire 2014 season off if you need to. You’re still young and have plenty of career left in you.

  10. ctiggs says: Apr 2, 2014 8:55 AM

    Get better NaVorro, the refs and goodell, made us lose that game. We dominated the Seahawks and we still had a chance. They cheated us out of six.

  11. realnflmaster says: Apr 2, 2014 8:58 AM

    Ground* folks, ground.

  12. ancienthawkfan says: Apr 2, 2014 9:06 AM

    Hoping for a full recovery for a true warrior. Good luck on your rehab.

  13. mrneto72 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:09 AM

    get over it NaVorro, get over it

  14. capn0bvious says: Apr 2, 2014 9:12 AM

    If I remember correctly, in that particular case, the ill-gotten possession resulted in no points for Seattle anyway. Having said that, it’s good to see replay rules changed to prevent it from happening again.

  15. r8rsfan says: Apr 2, 2014 9:13 AM

    “That doesn’t fix my knee,”
    The knee is injured on the play regardless of what the ref calls.

  16. cboy619 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:17 AM

    “ctiggs says: Apr 2, 2014 8:55 AM

    Get better NaVorro, the refs and goodell, made us lose that game. We dominated the Seahawks and we still had a chance. They cheated us out of six.”


    Get a life, you must not have been paying attention because the Seahawks didn’t even score on that play and the Seahawk defense owned your offense on the next drive.

    Face it, the 49ers were the 3rd or 4th best team in the league, nothing to be ashamed of, just wasn’t their year.

  17. desbattle82 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:27 AM

    A shame was easily the best inside linebacker in the nfl and he was still getting better

    Now he probably will never be as good as he was pre injury

  18. chargerdillon says: Apr 2, 2014 9:28 AM

    Maybe NaVorro should find a less physical game so he doesn’t have to cry about his knees.

    I love the physical way the 49’ers play football up until they come out and cry like a bunch of soft babies.

    It’s ok when you’re smashing somebody in the mouth, just not when it comes back at you right.

  19. bert1913 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:31 AM

    the santa clara 49ers have one of the best linebacker groups in the nfl

  20. grimreaper12 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:39 AM

    hopefully, Bowman and Gronk come back healthy.

  21. ninerboi says: Apr 2, 2014 9:41 AM

    Look at all this hate from fans of teams who are picking in the top 10 this upcoming draft hahahhaahahahahha


  22. metalman5150 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:57 AM

    Ed Holculli thinks camera’s on the goal line are great, but comments that his biceps still don’t get the credit that they deserve.

  23. donnymacjack says: Apr 2, 2014 9:57 AM

    Best of luck. Heal fast and heal well. – signed The 12th Man

  24. digitalsasquatch says: Apr 2, 2014 10:15 AM

    Heal up right, Bow! Even Hawks’ fans like watching you work.

  25. pantherpro says: Apr 2, 2014 10:29 AM

    Hey Skittle Hawks,

    Bow will track you down! Believe it!

  26. hawktawker says: Apr 2, 2014 10:35 AM

    Guys, the 49ers ultimately benefited by not getting the ball on the 1 from the turnover. The next play was a turnover and they got it beyond the 10 yard line. Probably would have given up a safety the way the D was playing. With that said, the new rule is a good one. As for the injury, it has nothing to do with this!

  27. thegrigga49 says: Apr 2, 2014 10:44 AM

    I felt worse that his knee went then I did losing that game. If their was one player that didn’t deserve at it was Bowman. This guys does everything the right way. Get well Big Game Bow.

  28. sandersmarcus10 says: Apr 2, 2014 10:55 AM

    Great player even though i dont like the 49ers, but that shouldnt have even been an issue when the guy is laying there with the ball down before anyone grabbed it, some of these NFL rules make no sense!

  29. thebirdofprey2 says: Apr 2, 2014 10:59 AM

    I know Patrick Willis was the face of that defense for years but in my eyes Bowman took over him as their best player last year which is impressive.

    I hope he has a speedy recovery because next season top to bottom the NFC West may have 4 top 10 teams.

  30. bellereve1000 says: Apr 2, 2014 11:05 AM

    You Hawks fans keep saying it ended up not mattering at all because the hawks didn’t score etc etc. But it DID matter. It was OUR rightful possession and that might have shifted momentum. Plus, that’s time added to the clock. Even if it was only 30 seconds. Of course, there’s no way of knowing but when a game is that close, you have to wonder how something so seemingly small could’ve changed the game. Coulda woulda shouda. 2014 season is rapidly approaching.

  31. 4ever9er says: Apr 2, 2014 11:10 AM

    @ctiggs says: Apr 2, 2014 8:55 AM

    Get better NaVorro, the refs and goodell, made us lose that game. We dominated the Seahawks and we still had a chance. They cheated us out of six…………..

    What are you talking about? We got the ball back on the next play, Lynch fumbled!

  32. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 2, 2014 11:26 AM

    richard sherman wonders why there is a navorro bowman rule for getting screwed by officials in the nfc championship game but there isn’t a brett favre rule for getting screwed by officials in an nfc championship game…. oh wait, favre’s white. so he don’t care bout no rule for an non-n-word

  33. rmbriggs80 says: Apr 2, 2014 11:32 AM

    Niner fans will say anything to put the loss on the refs shoulders. I would understand your frustration had the bad call occur at the Niners goal line but the truth is that it occurred on the opposite end the of the field….AND it didn’t result in any points awarded to Seattle. I can’t argue the idea that a fumble MAY have changed the momentum of the game for the Niners, then again it could have resulted in a safety for Seattle considering that the fumble would have occurred on the 2 yard line. It can go both ways.

    Coulda’, shoulda’, woulda’…but didn’t. Get over Niner fans.

  34. osiris33 says: Apr 2, 2014 11:35 AM

    49ers will never get past the Seahawks as long as Kaeperchoke is your QB. JUST GET USED TO IT!!!

  35. rmbriggs80 says: Apr 2, 2014 11:35 AM

    That was a nasty hit your own teammate put on you, Bowman. Get well soon.

  36. ultrawolf123 says: Apr 2, 2014 11:57 AM

    Hate to break it to you Navarro but the rule wouldnt have stopped your teammate from blowing out your knee.

  37. braceyourselffor12 says: Apr 2, 2014 12:09 PM

    I hope like Crabtree he is careful and works through his rehab patiently. Our defensive roster is stacked and should be able to shoulder the weight until he returns mid to late season.

    To anyone offering anything other than goodwill, hubris will find you.

  38. jgedgar70 says: Apr 2, 2014 12:23 PM

    Bowman should take care to avoid the Bob Griffin rehab plan. He was pitiful when he came back 9 months after an ACL tear. And having watched Thomas Davis come back from 3 of them, I can tell you it takes a full calendar year to get back to 100%. I’d advise Bowman to just skip 2014 altogether and come back in 2015 at full strength.

  39. thirdistheworrd says: Apr 2, 2014 12:38 PM

    jamezz23 says: Apr 2, 2014 8:28 AM

    I hate niners but love their linebackers, they are always in the right position and play so hard. It was hard to see this happen live. The way his contract is, he’s not getting paid until 2014 either. A guy of his caliber tears his knee up and is barely making over a mil a year after taxes. Hope he recovers
    Could not agree with you more– I was about to write pretty much this same paragraph, almost word for word. However, I don’t know if anyone has ever been upset by making “barely over a mil”. It’s perfectly possible to live thriftily off a million dollars for the rest of your life, but if, god forbid, he was never able to get back to the field, a mil in the bank plus a cushy job as DC for Generic State University would be a very comfortable life for anyone.

    Still, get better man, can’t wait to see you out there again (Ok, not really– I can definitely wait until after our matchup next year)

  40. sportsguybayarea says: Apr 2, 2014 12:40 PM

    if i remember correctly, lynch fumbled the ball on 3rd down but the seahawks recovered the ball following the bowman play. seahawks ended up kicking a field goal on 4th down instead of niners taking over after the bowman clear recovery. so that blown call did affect the game big time. seahawks would of had no points on that drive

  41. sharks123 says: Apr 2, 2014 1:57 PM

    Stop calling out an entire fanbase for a few knuckleheads complaining about refs. Confront the individual. Kap can get one play away but can’t win it all? Silly. I get more intelligent takes from my two year old.

  42. jayniner says: Apr 2, 2014 2:04 PM

    Bowman’s tough and he’ll be back better than ever.

    Just look at what Adrian Peterson did after tearing his ACL and MCL.

  43. chawk12thman says: Apr 2, 2014 2:20 PM

    Get well and get back big guy…… You did a hell of a job getting the ball, holding on to it even though you were getting injured and should have been awarded it at the 1 yard line.

    I am glad that the rule has been changed but I am not exactly sure what is meant by you not holding a grudge on the play…..You were injured in a football play, by your own teammate rolling up on your leg and nothing in any rule change would have prevented it.

    Having said all that; Can’t wait for the NFC West and specifically the SF/SEA battles to begin……..

    Go Hawks!

  44. hawkstradamus says: Apr 2, 2014 2:24 PM

    Remember how funny Bowman thought he was in 2012 prior to the 42-13 beatdown? Pre game he went into the stands and ripped up a fans sign. Pretty funny huh? Well I laughed when karma came around a year later and he ripped his acl in two. P.S I’m the guy who threw popcorn on you when you got carted off on the meat wagon.

  45. poweri26 says: Apr 2, 2014 2:31 PM

    What should have happened on that play was the 49ers were awarded the ball due to a clear recovery and down by contact and then a 15 yard penalty should have been called against the Seahawks for a late hit/hit on defenseless players while he was down. No doubt it was a cheap shot on a defenseless player.

  46. dbfan4ever says: Apr 2, 2014 2:34 PM

    Why aren’t all plays reviewable.? NFL should take a lesson from college football. Have another official upstairs surrounded by hdtvs and the capability to overrule the call on the field. Most times the officials in the booth can have the ruling by the time these old officials can make it to the sidelines!

  47. 80sbroncofan says: Apr 2, 2014 2:50 PM

    Refs didn’t cost 49ers that game. Colin Kaepernick and his 3 turnovers cost the 49ers the game.

  48. thefox61 says: Apr 2, 2014 2:52 PM

    NaVorro Bowman you play football the way it is meant to be played. You are a warrior with the heart of lion.. Hoping for a complete a speedy recovery.

    Go Seahawks!

  49. dvdheg says: Apr 9, 2014 1:12 PM

    the way the series played out they got better field advantage then if the ref had got the call right , but anyway, hope you have full recovery so we can see you again, your a good opponent.

    a hawks fan.


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