49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman recently told Peter King of TheMMQB.com that Bowman needs two hours of preparation time before practicing or playing. Bowman now says he doesn’t need two hours of preparation.
Via Matt Maicco of CSNBayArea.com, Bowman said the time that he devotes to preparing is “not really two hours.”
Apparently, it can be more than two hours.
“I’m just a perfectionist,” Bowman said. “I like to warm up my leg as much as possible and to go out there and have a perfect practice. If it takes three hours, I’ll take three hours. Some guys take a lot of things out of context. . . . I had surgery. [The knee] doesn’t feel the same as the other one, so I have to make sure I’m able to do everything I have to before practice starts. That’s where the time frame came from.”
Bowman seems to be sensitive to the perception that he’s returning too early from a torn ACL. Earlier this week, Rodney Harrison of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN said that Bowman runs the risks that offensive lineman will target Bowman’s knee in order to test it.
“Me coming back early,” Bowman said, “that would have been if I would have come back during the season last year.”
So Bowman believes he’s ready, and that the time to prepare has no relation to how he feels once he’s prepared.
Regardless of what Bowman told King or what Bowman said Thursday, the knee will be tested by opposing offensive linemen. He therefore should take whatever time he needs to prepare the knee for that reality.