Among the rule changes to be considered next week at the NFL owners meetings is one inspired by a controversial call in the San Francisco 49ers' NFC title game loss at Seattle, in which star linebacker NaVorro Bowman tore the ACL in his knee.
The owners will vote on whether to expand replays to include the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play. The current rule is that those such plays are not reviewable to keep officials from reviewing routine post-fumble scrums. 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 was hurt on the play.
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh called the lack of a review on the play a "loophole." Now, it may be part of the rule book. Of course, if passed, like any other reviewed play, there will have to be overwhelming evidence that the recovery was made to warrant the overturn.
In other 49ers' notes:
• The 49ers are reportedly interested in receiver Josh Morgan, who played in San Francisco from 2008-11. He had 20 catches for the Redskins last season. He would likely be a bottom of the rotation receiver.
• San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke was at Florida State's pro day, where the star attraction was receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who could be available late in the first round. The 49ers have the No. 30 overall pick and they need a receiver.
• San Francisco quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst was at nearby San Jose State's pro day Wednesday. Spartans quarterback David Fales is considered a mid-to-low-round prospect.
• Speaking of Thomas and Fales, in an insider piece, Mike Sando thinks the 49ers should draft a quarterback. I think they could do so in the mid-rounds.
Receiver Mario Manningham received $65,000 in bonus money with $25,000 of it guaranteed in his one-year deal with the Giants, his original NFL team. The 49ers had no plans to bring him back.
As expected, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio finalized his deal with the 49ers. He will be given a nice raise and his contract with the team goes with 2015 along with Harbaugh.