Bowman suffered a torn ACL and won’t return until mid-way through 2014 season.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman has revealed that he is pleased the NFL reviewed the loose-ball recovery review rule, but is still upset he has suffered a serious knee injury prior to it coming into effect.
Bowman suffered a torn ACL in January while attempting to recover a fumble during the 49ers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, and while he clearly appeared to have gained control of the ball, the officials ruled that Seattle maintained possession and the play was not reviewed.
However, NFL owners voted last week to allow replays of loose-ball recoveries, which has been named the “NaVorro Bowman Rule”, and while the San Francisco star is happy the change is made, he is upset that it’s taken his injury to introduce it.
“That doesn’t fix my knee,” Bowman said during a recent interview with the San Jose Mercury News. “But [the wrong call] won’t happen anymore.”
Bowman isn’t expected to return until midway through the upcoming season, although the 49ers have been boosted by the fact that he is ahead in his recovery schedule.
The two-time Pro Bowler revealed that he has watched replays of the incident which resulted in his knee injury, but is eager to get back to full fitness and return to playing rather than holding a grudge.
Bowman recorded 145 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions last season, and will likely be a significant boost to the team during the campaign as they look to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on the Super Bowl last year.