San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio suggested a month ago that NaVorro Bowman will be out until midseason as the All-Pro linebacker recovers from surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL sustained during the NFC Championship Game.
The team made it official on Monday, placing Bowman on the physically unable to perform list. The Niners also placed running back Marcus Lattimore (knee) on the non-football injury list.
Prior to the injury, Bowman was Around The NFL's choice for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. One of the league's surest tacklers and fastest linebackers, Bowman produced dominant performances when fellow All-Pros Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith missed time early in the season.
Bowman's late-season return could end up saving a defense that will enter the season short-handed.