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NaVorro Bowman signs with Raiders, could play Thursday

NaVorro Bowman

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman didn’t have to wait long before landing a new gig. He also didn’t stray too far from his previous employer, as it is was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’ Adam Schefter that Bowman agreed to play for one year for the Oakland Raiders.

And, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bowman could see action in Raiders threads as early as this coming Thursday when Oakland hosts a rebound-seeking Kansas City Chiefs team that lost its first game of the season on Sunday.

Bowman was waived by the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 13 after the team considered trading him. The 29-year-old linebacker has been one of the best in the game, but his ability to stay healthy has been a big a question mark hovering over him over the past few seasons. Bowman missed the entire 2014 campaign with a torn ACL and MCL and played in only four games last year due to a season-ending Achilles injury.

Still, the Raiders view Bowman as a welcome asset to their defense that is ranked 23rd in total defense with 349.8 yards allowed per contest. In five games with the 49ers this year, Bowman has recorded 38 total tackles.