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49ers’ Bowman says he’s “not yet” himself but everything on track

Video: 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman's training camp comeback

San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman's strong training camp continues as he works to come back from the left knee injury that wiped away his 2014 season. Video by Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com​
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San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman's strong training camp continues as he works to come back from the left knee injury that wiped away his 2014 season. Video by Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com​

SANTA CLARA -- NaVorro Bowman said Thursday he's "not yet" back to full strength following his February 2014 knee surgery and isn't sure if he will get on the field Saturday against the Texans.

But he continues to feel good about the progress he's made this offseason. "I'm satisfied with how much work I've put in, how far I've come, how fast I'm able to recover and cover guys," Bowman said. "But there are still hurdles I need to cross. I'm going to keep working until I get there. But it's looking up for me."

One of those hurdles was a delivering a hit, something he was able to do in Sunday's live-tackling session. The next will be playing in a preseason game.

Earlier in the day, Jim Tomsula said if Bowman played it would only be for "a short block of plays." Bowman, meanwhile, said he wasn't interested in going on the field "for just two and three plays. I want to really get out there and do something. I'll decide which game that is and go from there."

That sounds as if he might be held back Saturday. Another reason? The Texans remove and replace their field, which produces seams in the playing surface that were noticeable last year.

"We just want to be safe and smart,” Bowman said. “Just feeling it out ... But I feel good, I'm practicing with the guys. The main thing is to be ready for the Vikings on Monday night (Sept. 14)."

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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