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Bowman to join 49ers practice on Tuesday

All-pro inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman is on track to return to practice Tuesday. However, that does not ensure he plays this season.
All-pro inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman is on track to return to practice Tuesday. However, that does not ensure he plays this season. The Bee

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The 49ers plan to allow inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman to start practicing with the team on Tuesday, triggering a 21-day window in which the team could move him from the physically-unable-to-perform list to the active roster. Tuesday is the final day to make that move.

A source, however, cautioned that Bowman would not be going full speed, at least during his initial practices, and there is still a good chance that he doesn't play this season. He had surgery to repair his left ACL and MCL in February. A MRI on the knee showed that Bowman is still on track with his recovery.

Patrick Willis began the season at Bowman's “Mike” linebacker position. Willis' season ended last week with a toe injury, however, and rookie Chris Borland has taken over the role. Michael Wilhoite has played well in the “Jack” inside linebacker position.

Allowing a player to practice in the 21-day window does not necessarily mean a team will bring him to the active roster. Last year, for instance, Marcus Lattimore took part in some late-season sessions even though there was no plan to activate him.

This year, rookies DL Kaleb Ramsey and FB Trey Millard recently joined practice but are not on the active roster.

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