'NaVorro Bowman Rule' passes

March, 26, 2014
Mar 26
12:10
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The "NaVorro Bowman Rule" has passed.

NFL owners passed a new rule that will expand replays to include the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play. The previous rule was that such plays were not reviewable to keep officials from reviewing routine post-fumble scrums. This sort of play was a crucial one in the 49ers NFC Championship game loss at Seattle in January. Bowman appeared to have stripped the ball during the play at the goal line in the fourth quarter at Seattle.

The play was not reviewed and Bowman tore his ACL on the play. San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh called the lack of a review on the play a "loophole." Yes, the 49ers voted to pass the rule.

As for Bowman’s recovery, Harbaugh offered reporters in Orlando an update.

“(49ers’ general manger Baalke) Trent talked to him last Wednesday and he’s doing really good, according to Trent. Also talked to Drew Rosenhaus (Bowman’s agent) just the other day here and apparently NaVorro is doing really well, which is no surprise because he’s such a tremendous athlete you just knew if anybody would be doing really well at this point it’d be him.”

In February, Harbaugh said the 49ers are prepared for Bowman to be out for up to half of the 2014 season.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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