Niners don't expect Bowman back until mid-season

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is sacked by San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro...

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is sacked by San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the first half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. (Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:49 PM ET

The San Francisco 49ers don’t expect NaVorro Bowman to return until the middle of next season.

So said 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh Thursday at the NFL scouting combine.

One of the NFL’s most ferocious linebackers tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee on an ugly hit in a 23-17 loss at Seattle.

“Realistically, halfway through the season — something like that would be more realistic,” Harbaugh said of Bowman’s return. “But I never underestimate Navorro Bowman.”


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