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49ers believe NaVorro Bowman will be cleared for start of on-field work

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49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman said in February that he was encouraged by the progress he was making in his return from the torn Achilles tendon that ended his 2016 season after four games and it seems things have continued to improve over the last two months as well.

During a press conference after Monday’s start to the team’s offseason program, head coach Kyle Shanahan said that he believes Bowman will be cleared to join the team for on-field work when they move into the second phase of their offseason schedule in two weeks. The first two weeks are limited to work with strength and conditioning coaches while phase two involves on-field, non-contact drills with all coaches.

Bowman is one of the few 49ers left from the franchise’s better days under Jim Harbaugh and he was able to bounce back without losing much from the knee injury that kept him out for the entire 2014 season.

During his own meeting with the media, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group, that “extreme physicality” was what he was looking for from his unit. A similar return to form for Bowman would help bring that about in 2017.

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7 Responses to “49ers believe NaVorro Bowman will be cleared for start of on-field work”
  1. dukeearl says: Apr 10, 2017 4:50 PM

    Good to hear. I am not a 9er fan, but I respect NaVorro a lot.

  2. wny49er says: Apr 10, 2017 4:56 PM

    A blown knee in 2013 and a torn Achilles in 2016, not very good luck. He is a beast none the less.

  3. zinnsand21 says: Apr 10, 2017 4:59 PM

    How many linebackers blow up a knee followed by a full rupture of an achilles tendon and make it back with anything left? It will be a miracle if he is anywhere near what he once was prior to the NFC Championship game at Century Link..

  4. time2speakup says: Apr 10, 2017 6:33 PM

    If it can be done – “Bo” will! Watch!

  5. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Carlos Hyde says: Apr 10, 2017 7:04 PM

    He’ll be back, leading the way for our defense this year. Of that, I have no doubt.

  6. joe400e says: Apr 10, 2017 8:23 PM

    With his injury record lately the Niners probably shouldn’t assume he’s going to play a full season. He’s missed 28 out of 48 games in the last three seasons. Great player but when you’re missing over 50% of the games…

  7. ellenivanica says: Apr 12, 2017 12:24 PM

    Great guy, will help 49ers to rebuild. But I am realistic on the expectation about him to return to his old form.

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