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Navorro Bowman | Linebacker | #53

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 242
College: Penn State
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 3 (91) / SF
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The Santa Rosa Press Democrat expects the 49ers to cut ILB Navorro Bowman.
Bowman (Achilles) is trying to return from his second major injury in the last three years. He’s been full-go at OTAs, but has reportedly looked slow in coverage and "couldn’t even keep up" with blocking TE Garrett Celek. The 49ers denied shopping Bowman this offseason, but drafted his replacement in Reuben Foster. Signed through 2022, releasing Bowman would leave $10.9 million in dead money. Jun 2 - 7:04 PM

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49ers.com reports ILB Navorro Bowman (Achilles') has been "full-speed" during the offseason program.

There were similar reports during April minicamp. Bowman went down last Week 4. Reuben Foster, Malcolm Smith and Brock Coyle have all been added to the 49ers' linebacker corps since the end of last season, but as long as his health cooperates, 29-year-old Bowman should be something resembling a starter.
Source: 49ers.com
May 25 - 7:24 PM

In a joint statement, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch have vehemently denied they're shopping ILB Navorro Bowman.

The duo labeled Mike Lombardi's report "completely false," and called Bowman a "consummate professional." The new guys are clearly sensitive to anything that might upset a team leader in Bowman. Even were the 49ers attempting to trade Bowman, they'd have zero takers on a soon-to-be 29 year old who is coming off a torn Achilles' after completely shredding his knee in early 2014. Bowman is also due $7.5 million in salary and bonuses this year.
May 11 - 1:16 PM

The Ringer's Mike Lombardi reports the 49ers have "made it known" ILB Navorro Bowman is available for trade.

He may be "available," but no team is going to trade for Bowman's contract. He signed a seven-year, $77 million deal last August and promptly tore his Achilles' in October. The 49ers have let it be known that Bowman is on track in his recovery, but he's suffered two major leg injuries in three years. Bowman turns 29 this month, and San Fran is switching to a 4-3 front.
May 11 - 11:05 AM

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (Achilles) was a full participant in voluntary minicamp.

Bowman is only six months removed from tearing his Achilles. He was expected to be cleared for on-field drills but will likely be moved slowly through OTAs and remains questionable for training camp. The 49ers are planning on having Bowman for Week 1.
Apr 26 - 6:02 PM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan expects ILB Navorro Bowman (Achilles') to be cleared for on-field work in two weeks.

That's still just a baby step, but Bowman is tentatively on track for Week 1. Going on 29 with serious knee and Achilles' injuries to his name, Bowman could be held out for the entire preseason even if he's cleared. Bowman is not the player he was before his physical setbacks.
Apr 10 - 5:17 PM

The Sacramento Bee expects ILB Navorro Bowman (Achilles') to be ready for the start of the season.

Bowman is four months removed from tearing his Achilles. He's expected resume running soon. Bowman should miss the entire offseason and will be in a race to get cleared for training camp. He'll need to avoid setbacks to be ready for Week 1.
Feb 17 - 8:07 PM

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman says the rehab from his torn Achilles' tendon has been going smoothly.

Bowman said the process has been much easier than the rehab from his 2014 knee injury. "(I’m) not spending those long hours warming up, trying to get my workout in," Bowman said. "It’s definitely more easy to deal with than my knee. I can definitely see a positive light at the end of the tunnel." Despite the positive words, Bowman should still be considered questionable for the beginning of training camp. Going on 29, Bowman hasn't been the same since completely shredding his left knee in the 2014 NFC Championship Game.
Feb 13 - 3:06 PM

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (Achilles') plans to resume running in a month.

The inside linebacker tore his Achilles' on October 2. Bowman, who says his recovery is "looking good," has been running in a hydrotherapy pool. He will be in a race to be ready for training camp.
Jan 2 - 11:55 AM

The 49ers confirmed Monday that ILB Navorro Bowman is done for the year with a torn Achilles' tendon.

They are also likely to be without DE DeForest Buckner (foot) for an extended period of time. Bowman is the 49ers' defensive leader and top interior run stopper, and is loss is unlikely to be something San Francisco's defense can rally back from. Bowman has now torn his ACL/MCL and his Achilles' over the past four seasons. The 49ers owe him $7.5 million in salary and bonuses for 2017.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 04:45:00 PM

The 49ers fear that ILB Navorro Bowman tore his Achilles' in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.

Bowman grabbed at his Achilles' when he went down with Sunday's non-contact injury. His season is almost certainly over. The 49ers scheduled a Monday MRI to make sure. Bowman's loss will deal a devastating blow to San Francisco's defense.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 08:35:00 PM

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman was carted off the field after suffering a non-contact lower-leg injury in Sunday's game versus Dallas.

It's a huge loss for San Francisco, which plays on a short week Thursday night against the Cardinals. Bowman was limping badly, had his shoe removed by trainers on the sideline, and eventually made his way into the locker room on the cart. Bowman has struggled in pass coverage since tearing his ACL and MCL in 2013, but he is the 49ers' best run stopper. Zeke Elliott has begun to eat.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 06:30:00 PM

49ers re-signed ILB Navorro Bowman to a seven-year, $77 million contract with $20 million guaranteed.

Already signed through 2019, the 49ers ripped up Bowman's old deal and gave him a new one that takes Bowman through 2022 -- his age-34 campaign. He won't be free-agent eligible again until he's 35. It's a lengthy commitment to an inside linebacker, one who missed all of 2014 with multiple torn knee ligaments then returned for a disappointing 2015 despite gaudy tackle stats. Bowman played the run well but finished as PFF's No. 57 inside linebacker in pass coverage among 60 qualifiers. The 49ers are banking 28-year-old Bowman's agility and quickness return another full year removed from the ACL/MCL tear.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 10:15:00 PM

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman isn't worried about the effect Chip Kelly's offense will have on the team's defense.

Kelly's fast-paced offense doesn't give defenses much time to recover but Bowman said that's never been a part of his thought process. "I think people are blowing it out of proportion," he said. "I think any defense you play in, if your offense is getting off the field quicker than you gotta get off the field quicker. You gotta hold yourself to that standard." Bowman led the NFL with 154 tackles this season despite receiving a negative grade from Pro Football Focus.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Jan 31, 2016 12:03:00 PM

49ers coach Jim Tomsula said the team could limit ILB Navorro Bowman's snaps moving forward.

"In the passing downs and things like that … but we don’t want him off the field, you know what I mean?" Tomsula said. "Yeah, we’re looking at those things. We’re looking at monitoring reps." Bowman has been his dominating self in the run game, but he has struggled dropping into coverage. Gerald Hodges, who the 49ers recently acquired via trade, is solid in coverage and could spell Bowman on passing downs.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 10:12:00 AM

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