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NaVorro Bowman on playing in preseason: I’ll get out there when I’m ready

NaVorro Bowman


Earlier this week, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said that he expected to have linebacker NaVorro Bowman in the lineup for the team’s Saturday night preseason opener against the Texans but left room to change his mind based on the way Bowman felt closer to kickoff.

It sounds like Bowman, who hasn’t played since suffering a major knee injury in January 2014, is planning to make his return to game action at a later date. Bowman said that he feels satisfied with the work he’s done to this point, but doesn’t yet feel like he’s back to being the player he was before the injury. As a result, he said he wants to feel comfortable playing more than a handful of plays before he jumps back into the lineup for a game.

“I’ve kind of hit the hurdles out here in practice,” Bowman said, via “But, of course, games are different. I’ve been pushing myself. I’ll get out there when I’m ready and when I feel that it’s time to go. I don’t want to just go out there for two or three plays. I want to really get out there and do something. So I’ll decide what game that is and go from there.”

Bowman added that teammates told him that it looked like he came alive during a scrimmage in practice and that he might be a little “timid” while going through drills. If Bowman doesn’t play on Saturday, he’ll have eight days to ramp up for the team’s game against the Cowboys.