Tuesday November 11th, 2014

San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman is still experiencing pain in his injured knee and is unsure when he'll be cleared to practice, according to Ed Werder of ESPN

On Monday, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said that Bowman could return to practice as early as Wednesday. Bowman tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during last season's NFC Championship Game loss to the Seattle Seahawks and has been recovering following surgery. 

The linebacker is currently on the physically unable to perform list, meaning that if he is cleared for practice, the 49ers will have to decide within 21 days whether to activate him or send him to injured reserve. 

Bowman is a three-time first-team All-Pro and a two-time Pro Bowler. The linebacker started all 16 regular season games each of the last three seasons for the 49ers. 

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Last year, he tallied 120 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown. 

Fellow San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith was reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday after serving a nine-game suspension. 

The 49ers are currently 5-4 after earning a 27-24 victory in overtime over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The 49ers play at the New York Giants this Sunday. 

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- Stanley Kay

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