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.