San Francisco 49ers' NaVorro Bowman watches his team warm up before an NFL football game against the New York Giants. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Bill Kostroun
December 09, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday activated linebacker NaVorro Bowman to the 53-man roster from the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Bowman has been rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee that has kept him out since the injury in January's NFC title game at Seattle.

Bowman, who was drafted by the 49ers in 2010, had appeared in every game San Francisco played over the previous four years and had started 58, including the playoffs. He had a spectacular season in 2013, with career highs in tackles (192), solo tackles (118) and sacks (5).

The team has also placed tight end Vance McDonald on injured reserve. McDonald has appeared in 23 games and has 10 receptions for 149 yards for his career.

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