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