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SANTA CLARA – The 49ers have until Tuesday afternoon to make a decision whether to keep alive the possibility All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman can play this season.
“We’re going to discuss that this afternoon,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said on Monday. “All the medical (staff will) weigh in today and make the decision.”
Although Bowman was eligible to practice for the past three weeks, he did not step on the field with his teammates. He continued to take part in rehabilitation work, and it appears unlikely the 49ers will try to rush him back to the field this season.
The 49ers must make a decision Tuesday whether to place him on the 53-man roster or keep him on season-ending physically unable to perform.
Bowman sustained a severe left knee injury, consisting of tears to his ACL and MCL, in the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks. He underwent surgery on Feb. 4.
Also, Harbaugh said the preliminary reports on cornerback Chris Culliver (left knee) and center Marcus Martin (right knee) were good. Both players were injured and did not return in the 49ers' 24-13 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
Culliver missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Martin sustained a dislocated left knee during the exhibition season and sat out the first seven games of the season.