Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) is carted off the field during the second half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh says it's realistic for Navorro Bowman to return halfway through the season

In the 2014 NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers not only lost out on second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl, they also lost probably their best defensive player, LB Navorro Bowman, to a gruesome knee injury.

The injury was so severe, that some are speculating whether or not Bowman will be able to return to the starting lineup in time for the 2014 regular season to begin.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t one of those people as not only does he not expect Bowman to return in time for the beginning of the season, he sees maybe the best case for a scenario for a return to be some time near of after eight games have already been played.

“Realistically, halfway through the season [or] something like that would be more realistic,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “But I never underestimate NaVorro Bowman.”

With the extensive rehab process that Bowman will have to go through this entire offseason, this does seem like a pretty decent estimate by Harbaugh.

Tags: Football Jim Harbaugh NaVorro Bowman San Francisco 49ers

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