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Navorro Bowman | Linebacker | #53

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 242
College: Penn State
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 3 (91) / SF
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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. Oct 3 - 4:45 PM

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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.
Oct 2 - 8:35 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.
Oct 2 - 6:30 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.
Aug 3 - 10:15 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
Jan 31 - 12:03 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

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman recorded three tackles in three snaps against the Cowboys on Sunday.

"It felt great," Bowman said. "Just getting back out there, seeing the fans. The crowd really got me going. I missed it." Bowman showed some of his trademark athleticism running down Lance Dunbar on a swing pass early in the game. After losing several huge pieces this offseason, the 49ers need Bowman back at his All-Pro form.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 12:44:00 PM

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (knee) will not play in Saturday's preseason opener.

Coach Jim Tomsula expected Bowman to play, but he'll be held out for one more week. Bowman should return for the 49ers' second preseason game.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 06:47:00 PM

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman will be active for Saturday's preseason opener.

It will be Bowman's first live action since he tore up his knee in the 2014 NFC Championship Game. It's a rare sliver of good news for a team that's watched an otherworldly amount of talent go out the door this offseason. Bowman will likely only play a series or two on Saturday, but he's locked and loaded for Week 1.
Tue, Aug 11, 2015 07:31:00 PM

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman avoided active/PUP to open training camp.

Bowman conceded during OTAs that the knee injury that cost him all of 2014 still gives him problems, but the 49ers' staff is confident in Bowman's potential to bounce back. If Bowman's health indeed holds up, he'll be an IDP monster in the middle of San Francisco's now-Patrick Willis-less defense.
Sat, Aug 1, 2015 08:39:00 PM

Although 49ers ILB Navorro Bowman is participating in OTA practices, he acknowledges his surgically repaired knee still gives him problems.

He's wearing a bulky brace after missing all of 2014 with multiple knee ligament tears. "The knee will get to where it needs to be, maybe not as fast as you guys expect," Bowman told reporters. "... It hasn’t been consistent. I go out there some days and I feel great and some days I have to fight through it. That’s part of the process. I understand that. But mentally, it messes with me sometimes." The 49ers can't count on Bowman to rediscover All-Pro form in his first season back.
Fri, May 29, 2015 08:59:00 PM

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (knee) is participating in voluntary minicamp.

Bowman didn't practice with the 49ers at all last year, spending the first six weeks on PUP before reverting to I.R. He hasn't reported any setbacks to this point and should be full-go for training camp. After losing Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to retirement, the 49ers are hoping Bowman can return to his pre-injury form.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 04:39:00 PM

Coach Jim Tomsula said Friday he expects ILB Navorro Bowman (knee surgery) to be on the field for the 49ers' pre-draft minicamp.

The 49ers hold their first minicamp in the last week before the NFL draft. Bowman missed all of last season after tearing multiple knee ligaments, and it's unclear whether he'll return as the same All-Pro player he was pre-injury. The 49ers will certainly hope so after losing Pat Willis and Chris Borland to retirement.
Fri, Apr 10, 2015 03:49:00 PM

Coach Jim Tomsula and GM Trent Baalke both said ILB Navorro Bowman's (knee surgery) rehab is going "real well."

Bowman hasn't played a snap in roughly 15 months after wrecking his knee in the 2013 NFC Championship game. It continues to sound like he's on pace to be ready for the start of training camp. And with ILBs Patrick Willis and Chris Borland suddenly retiring, the 49ers badly need a healthy Bowman.
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 02:36:00 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke said a setback did not factor into the team's decision to hold ILB Navorro Bowman out for the entire 2015 season.

After shredding his knee in the 2013-14 NFC title game, it was always unlikely Bowman would suit up in 2014. Now more than a full year removed from the injury, Bowman is inching closer to 100 percent. "I think he feels good," Baalke said. "He’s really starting to feel like it’s coming back to where he wants it. And that’s always the most important thing." Bowman should be ready for camp.
Source: 49ers.com
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 10:46:00 PM

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