When NaVorro Bowman told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King this week that it takes two hours to get his left knee ready for a practice, some thought it meant Bowman’s surgically repaired knee was not ready to return to the field.
The 49ers inside linebacker Thursday downplayed his required warmup period and said during the team’s recent sessions with the Broncos he’s had only a half-hour or so to get ready. After all, he’s not warming up at the hotel or on the team bus beforehand.
“I’m just a perfectionist,” Bowman said. “I like to warm up my leg as much as possible and to go out there and have a perfect practice. If it takes three hours, I’ll take three hours. Some guys take a lot of things out of context. Me coming back early – that would have been if I would have come back during the season last year.”
Bowman said the warmup period “is not really two hours.”
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“I had surgery,” he emphasized. “It doesn’t feel the same as the other one, so I have to make sure I’m able to do everything I have to before practice starts. That’s where the time frame came from.”
So what’s his typical routine?
“It takes me about three plays to get acclimated. ... I don’t even want to say that,” Bowman said. “I don’t know. I warm up the knee, the knee feels great and I go out there and just play.”
“Advice from the boys” – Jarryd Hayne is getting advice from everyone these days, including opposing players.
The 49ers’ Aussie import took a semi-hard hit from a Broncos defender who delivered a suggestion as well. “He told me to, ‘Get low, 38,’” Hayne recounted. “It’s good advice from the boys. I appreciate that.”
Hayne has played hundreds of professional games in Australia’s National Rugby League, but he’s adjusting to a new way of encountering – and delivering – hits. Most of the coaching he’s received has focused on lowering his pad level upon contact.
He’s also never played in a mile-high altitude like Denver’s. The highest elevation at which he’s competed? Probably Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, he said.
Elevation: 115 feet.
Et cetera – Starting cornerback Tramaine Brock left practice with a slight hamstring strain, but it’s not considered serious. Shareece Wright, Kenneth Acker and Keith Reaser played with the first team after Brock’s exit.
▪ Inside linebacker Nick Moody injured his left knee on a punt return drill and sat out the rest of practice. His injury is not believed to be long term. Michael Wilhoite and Bowman are the likely starters at inside linebacker Saturday against the Broncos.
▪ General manager Trent Baalke and his Broncos counterpart, John Elway, had dinner Wednesday night. Did they talk about a trade? “Obviously there’s always different things that we can talk about as far as teams, about how we can help them and they can help us,” Elway said. “But for the most part it was personal.”