NFL rule change pleases San Francisco 49ers star

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San Francisco 49ers star NaVorro Bowman has expressed his delight at news the NFL has changed its rules on the reviewal of loose-ball recoveries.

ESPN reports how the 25-year-old suffered a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury at the turn of the year, during the NFC Championship Game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The two-time Pro Bowl linebacker - who recorded 145 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions prior to his ACL tear last season - admits he has rewatched the incident that caused his injury several times.

Replays clearly showed that Bowman gained control of the ball, but officials ruled that Seattle maintained possession, and the play was not reviewed.

The rule change - as voted by NFL owners last week - means that such scenarios will not happen again, but that is unlikely to aid Bowman in his recovery.

"That doesn't fix my knee," he told the San Jose Mercury News. "But [the wrong call] won't happen anymore.

"I'm not really a grudge-type man. I got to move on if I want to continue playing."

Doctors have already told Bowman that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery, but is still not expected to return to action for the 49ers until midway through the 2014 campaign.

"[My knee] feels great," he continued. "It's early, but I'm doing well.

"I came back and saw [people in] the organization and they're excited to see how far I am. So, I'll keep working hard and see where I end up."

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