Tests show torn ACL and MCL for Navorro Bowman

1/21/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) is carted off the field during the second half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
When San Francisco 49ers linebacker Navorro Bowman went down with a knee injury in an NFC Championship loss to the Seattle Seahawks, it was pretty clear that he'd be sidelined for a while. To be frank, the injury was disgusting, as Bowman's knee was inverted as another player fell on his planted leg. Bowman was carted off the field, and the initial thought was that he tore at least one ligament in his knee.

Reports Monday have confirmed what 49ers fans (and hopefully NFL fans in general) had feared the most - Bowman has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and MCL, according to Pro Football Talk.

The injury comes at an unfortunate time, as Bowman had turned into arguably the best linebacker in the NFL during the 2013 season. He excels in every facet of the game, dominating against the run, locking down receivers in pass coverage, and rushing the quarterback extremely well for an inside linebacker. Among 55 qualifying inside linebackers, Pro Football Focus graded Bowman as the best player at his position by a significant margin - yes, even better than teammate Patrick Willis, who finished with the second highest grade on the year.

Bowman is now in a tough spot, as he'll be in a race against time to be ready for Week 1. Any serious knee injury late in the season will cloud a player's outlook for the following campaign, and Bowman's injury came close to as late in the season as possible. It is extremely difficult to predict a timetable for Bowman at this point in time, but it is worth noting that ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that Bowman is expected to be ready for the season opener. Don't get your hopes up too much, though, because that could very well change as the rehab process progresses.

Bowman is just 25 years old, so he still has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.

Here's a link to video. Once again, it may be a bit off-putting for those who are squeamish:

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