Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee believes 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman likely won’t make his 2014 debut until after week eight.
NaVorro Bowman (ACL recovery) is expected to go on the physically-unable-to perform list when he reports to camp this week. The smart money on his return is after the team’s Week 8 bye. One of Bowman’s understudies, veteran Michael Wilhoite, doesn’t have a lot of experience. He’s played in 21 games, starting two, since he was an undrafted rookie from Washburn in 2011. But it’s more experience than anyone else in the competition. Wilhoite was the de facto “starter” in the spring, and he has to be considered the frontrunner to play next to Patrick Willis in Week 1.