San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman underwent an MRI on Wednesday, and Yahoo! Sports reporter Rand Getlin tweeted that it "went well." Earlier this week, Ed Werder reported Bowman told him he was still dealing with some pain in the knee. Jim Harbaugh made the MRI sound fairly routine, but given Bowman's comments, it was easy for people to start getting nervous.
Getlin said there is still no specific timetable for his return. We know that the team has to get him back on the practice field by next Tuesday, but they would then have another 21 days to get him activated to the 53-man roster. The 49ers will take as much of that time as necessary, and my guess is they take pretty much all of it to make that decision.
If his knee checked out and he returned to action at the end of this timeline, he could be back in time for the 49ers Week 15 road matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. It is also possible the team activates him to the 53-man roster at the deadline, but then keeps him inactive initially. It would be kind of fitting to see him make his return at the place where he first got hurt, but it would also be cool to see him make his return at home in front of 49ers fans.
Either way, we just want to see him make his return at some point. It is too early to say when he will return, but this news is certainly a step in the right direction.