Dec 16, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: NaVorro Bowman to return to San Francisco 49ers at mid-season?

The San Francisco 49ers know they’ll be without NaVorro Bowman for a handful of games during the 2014 season after the linebacker suffered a devastating torn ACL and MCL in San Francisco’s NFC Championship game loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

How many games they’ll be without Bowman is currently unknown, though the Pro Bowl talent says he expects to be back come mid-season.

#49ers Bowman just said on SportsCenter that he should be ready “about the middle of the season.” In step with team’s timeline.

The mid-season return isn’t exactly ‘new’ news as head coach Jim Harbaugh suggested such in late Feburary. Though, the fact that Bowman suggested that seems to give an indication that doctors and the 49ers believe he’ll be in game-shape come that time frame.

It’s expected that San Francisco will place Bowman in the PUP list to begin the season, which will force him to miss the first six games of the season (at minimum). It’s possible his return could be delayed a few more weeks after he’s eligible to come off the PUP list as well.

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