The 49ers linebacker suffered a torn left Achilles on a non-contact play in San Francisco's Week 4 loss to Dallas. Yet, to him, the recovery doesn't compare this time around to the severe knee injury he suffered in the 2014 NFC Championship that caused him to miss the ensuing season.
"It's much more easy to deal with," Bowman said, per CSNBayArea.com. "(I'm) not spending those long hours warming up, trying to get my workout in. It's definitely more easy to deal with than my knee. I can definitely see a positive light at the end of the tunnel."
Following the gruesome knee injury, Bowman was a first-team All-Pro in his first season back in 2015, the fourth time he's earned the accolade. Bowman was off to another strong start in 2016 before his latest devastating setback.
Given how badly the defense struggled this past campaign, the 49ers have to feel fortunate that their biggest key on that side of the ball is feeling optimistic about this comeback attempt.
"I'm working every single day, doing everything that the trainers are asking me to do," Bowman said. "There's no timetable set when I'll be cleared to do every single thing. But the sky's looking bright for me. I feel great. The key is definitely just improving every single day and giving me confidence, knowing that I will be back."