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SANTA CLARA – Linebacker NaVorro Bowman is scheduled to undergo an MRI examination on his surgically repaired left knee on Wednesday, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.
It appears unlikely Bowman will return to practice this week. He is likely to make his practice debut on Tuesday, the last day he can return to practice and still be eligible to play this season.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reported on Tuesday that Bowman told him on Sunday that he is “still having some knee pain.”
Said Harbaugh, “I saw that report, but I don’t know for sure.”
A member of the 49ers’ public-relations staff, walking with Bowman on Tuesday, said Bowman would not speak to reporters until he is back on the field.
“Want to see where that’s at first,” Harbaugh said, explaining the reason for the MRI.
Nose tackle Ian Williams, who sustained a fracture to his left lower leg, will not undergo surgery, as CSNBayArea.com reported on Tuesday. He remains an option for injured reserve, Harbaugh said.
The 49ers will closely monitor veteran nose tackle Glenn Dorsey this week during practice to evaluate whether he will be activated to the 53-man roster for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Wide receiver Bruce Ellington will miss some time due to a left ankle sprain. But he is not a candidate for injured reserve, Harbaugh confirmed.