The report says the "smart money on his return is after the team's Week 8 bye." Bowman injured his knee in the NFC Championship Game against Seattle.
Bowman expects to not play until the middle of the 2014 season after tearing his ACL and MCL in the NFC title game back in January.
ESPN thinks the cap space might have been made to give Colin Kaepernick a rich contract extension.
Recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the playoffs,
"Feeling good, feeling good. I'm blessed to be walking," Bowman told ESPN. "I put the hard work in already, playing through the pain, trying to get the knee straight. But it's coming along."
The 49ers won't rush back one of their stars.
"I hope to be ready when they expect me to be ready," he said. "They're not going to rush me. Probably about the middle of the season."
Bowman tore his ACL and MCL in the NFC Championship Game and is expected to return around midseason this year.
"Apparently, NaVorro is doing really well, which is no surprise because he's such a tremendous athlete," Harbaugh said. "You just knew if anybody would be doing well at this point it would be him."
The most likely scenario for
“I wouldn’t count NaVorro Bowman out of anything,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a supreme athlete, a world-class athlete among world-class athletes. The way he moves, his strength, his powers of healing. I wouldn’t count him out of anything. Realistically, halfway through the season, something like that would be more realistic. But I never underestimate NaVorro Bowman.”
|P1||8/7/14||@ BAL||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/28/14||@ HOU||8:00 pm|
|1||9/7/14||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|6||10/13/14||@ STL||8:30 pm|
|7||10/19/14||@ DEN||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/9/14||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||16||46||38.0||8||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||143||111.0||32||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||8|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||148||96.0||52||2||1||11||11.0||11||0||7|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||145||120.0||25||5||2||93||46.5||89||1||8|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||3||0||3||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||4||0||2||0||2||0|
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