NaVorro Bowman will “probably” play Thursday night against the Chiefs, Raiders’ coach Jack Del Rio said with a smirk on Wednesday, not wanting to officially declare the inevitable that Bowman plays.

Bowman signed with Oakland on Monday after the 49ers released him last Friday. Del Rio said previously that it wasn’t out of the question for the linebacker to suit up on such a short turnaround, and Bowman said Monday he’d push to play if he felt prepared.

“Hey, I’m gonna show you something,” he said when asked if it was feasible to be prepared after three days.
The 29-year-old will likely start at middle linebacker. His reported per-game salary for the remainder of the season is $300,000. Last season, the Raiders played middle linebacker Perry Riley on a quick turnaround after acquiring him.

Oakland’s second level of defense should have its hands full Thursday night with the likes of Chiefs dual-threat running back Kareem Hunt and tight end Travis Kelce.

In his short time with Oakland thus far, Bowman has impressed his new head coach.