NaVorro Bowman: Achilles rehab easier than return from knee injury

NaVorro Bowman: Achilles rehab easier than return from knee injury

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who missed the 49ers' entire 2014 season with a severe knee injury he sustained in January of that year, is going through another dramatic comeback attempt.

When asked how his current rehabilitation from a torn Achilles compares to the knee injury, Bowman said, “It doesn’t.”

Bowman, speaking Thursday after the press conference to introduce coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, provided an update on his physical status.

“It’s much more easy to deal with,” Bowman said. “(I’m) not spending those long hours warming up, trying to get my workout in. It’s definitely more easy to deal with than my knee. I can definitely see a positive light at the end of the tunnel.”

Bowman sustained a torn left Achilles on Oct. 2 on a non-contact play away from the ball in the 49ers’ Week 4 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. In May 2013, wide receiver Michael Crabtree sustained a torn Achilles during an offseason workout. Crabtree made it back to the playing field six months later for the final five games of the regular season.

“I’m working every single day, doing everything that the trainers are asking me to do,” Bowman said. ‘There’s no timetable set when I’ll be cleared to do every single thing. But the sky’s looking bright for me. I feel great. The key is definitely just improving every single day and giving me confidence, knowing that I will be back.”

Bowman said experience of already going through a lengthy rehab with his left knee – an injury he sustained in the NFC Championship game in Seattle in January 2014 – conditioned him to be in the proper frame of mind for the work necessary to return to action.

“I’m a grinder. Anything that knocks me down, I’m going to get back up,” Bowman said. “It’s just who’s going to stick beside me and remember what I’ve done and keep praying for me that I’m going to get back to where I was.”

Bowman, who turns 29 in May, is a four-time first-team All-Pro selection. He entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick in 2010.

NFL rumors: Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid get less than $10M in settlement

NFL rumors: Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid get less than $10M in settlement

Former 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, who protested racial and social injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem while playing for the team, will receive less than $10 million to settle grievances with the NFL, Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday

Kaepernick and Reid resolved their pending grievances against the NFL on Feb. 15. The Wall Street Journal couldn't determine how the payment will be divided between the players and how much they will actually receive after legal fees. 

When the two resolved their grievances, the initial thought was possibly tens of millions of dollars were secured by the players, especially Kaepernick. The report shows otherwise. 

Kaepernick, 31, has remained out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season. He began protesting during the preseason of that year. He spent six seasons with San Francisco and led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII. 

Reid, 27, joined Kaepernick in the protest during the 2016 season. He continued to do so in 2017 with the 49ers and last season as a member of the Panthers. 

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The safety signed a three-year contract extension worth more than $21 million with the Panthers in February.

Kendrick Bourne says Nick Bosa would be 'icing on the cake' for 49ers

Kendrick Bourne says Nick Bosa would be 'icing on the cake' for 49ers

The 49ers are reportedly having dinner with former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa on Wednesday night, and it appears one of their wide receivers is fully on board with the idea of Bosa in a San Francisco uniform, if that's the direction the 49ers choose to go with the second overall pick in next month's draft.

Kendrick Bourne took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to voice his support for how he views Bosa fitting in with the rest of the 49ers' current defensive line.

After acquiring Dee Ford in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, the additional inclusion of Bosa would give San Francisco not one, but two superior edge rushers to what they put on the field last season. The 49ers' biggest need entering the offseason was improving their pass rush, and drafting Bosa would go a long way towards accomplishing that goal.

Wednesday's reported dinner will not be the first time San Francisco's brass has met with Bosa. General manager John Lynch previously met Bosa in Pasadena ahead of last year's Rose Bowl. The 49ers also met with the talented pass rusher at last month's NFL Scouting Combine.

[RELATED: Lynch believes free agency gave 49ers flexibility in draft]

"He’s a good kid,” Lynch said of Bosa. “We’re looking forward to spending more time with him."

What Bosa will order at dinner is anyone's guess. But Bourne clearly already knows what he wants the 49ers to have for dessert.