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SANTA CLARA – Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio acknowledged on Thursday it is possible linebacker NaVorro Bowman will not be available to play this season as he attempts to return from a major knee injury.
Bowman has been rehabilitating since undergoing surgery on Feb. 4 to repair knee damage sustained in the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers and Bowman were pointing toward a late-season return.
But Bowman’s return is anything but a sure thing, as Fangio said in his weekly press conference when asked if Bowman might not play this season.
"I think that’s a possibility," he said. "I don’t know that that’s been decided or been the verdict, but I’m sure it’s a possibility.”
Bowman underwent an MRI examination Wednesday on his surgically repaired left knee. A source told CSNBayArea.com that the MRI checked out “fine,” but there is still no timetable for Bowman’s return.
Bowman remains on the physically-uanble-to-perform list. The latest the 49ers could declare Bowman available to practice and still have him available to play this season is Tuesday.