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Harbaugh hints that Bowman ultimately may need MCL surgery, too


For linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s injured knee, the 49ers plan to let the MCL heal before repairing the ACL surgically.

On Tuesday, coach Jim Harbaugh said that the MCL may still need to be repaired via surgery.

“We’ll see how MCL heals in the next two to three weeks,” Harbaugh told reporters.  “But, that’s not known if that has to be fixed or not.  The fact of fixing the ACL is what we know.”

The problem, as it relates to getting Bowman ready for the 2014 season, is that delaying the ACL surgery by two or three weeks also delays the recovery process.

Harbaugh said he doesn’t know whether Bowman will be ready for Week One.  At a minimum, he’ll miss the offseason program, and he’ll likely still be rehabbing during training camp and the much of the preseason.

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18 Responses to “Harbaugh hints that Bowman ultimately may need MCL surgery, too”
  1. green41563 says: Jan 21, 2014 10:25 PM

    Doesn’t the MCL heal on its own?

  2. pretendarchitect says: Jan 21, 2014 10:34 PM

    I know they do the DPOY voting before the postseason, but I really think a postseason performance like his deserves a lot of recognition. In my opinion he is easily the best LB in the game right now.

  3. forsbergler says: Jan 21, 2014 10:37 PM

    It’s too bad he was a hell of a player.

  4. coltzfan166 says: Jan 21, 2014 10:37 PM

    That’s was one of the worst leg injuries I’ve ever seen. It’s a shame he wasn’t rewarded the ball.

  5. chawk12thman says: Jan 21, 2014 10:44 PM

    Hope he doesn’t have to get the MCL surg, but wonder why not do them both right now? Medical reason?

  6. hess97 says: Jan 21, 2014 10:44 PM

    Hate to see this injury for one of the most respected and valuable players in the league.

  7. hess97 says: Jan 21, 2014 10:52 PM

    so proud of my niners this year. heartbroken, again, but soon willis and bowman and these guys are going to go out on top.

  8. killitandeatit says: Jan 21, 2014 11:04 PM

    I hate to think that further damage was incurred AFTER he was down by contact and CLEARLY had possession of the ball and was piled on by the Seahawks. Won’t be forgetting about how he was pelted by Seattle fans as he was being medivacted out of ground zero either.

  9. hess97 says: Jan 21, 2014 11:07 PM

    This was an interception, Bowman. His third in the last 5 games.

    Interceptions are reviewable, by the way.

  10. hess97 says: Jan 21, 2014 11:13 PM

    Absolutely no football move between the ball going in wr’s hands and getting ripped out by Bowman.

    As dumb as the refs want to come across, they knew what they were doing and how to apply the rule. Exactly the same for the roughing the kicker, diving at the punter’s plant leg. they’ve gone over that play hundreds of times.

  11. hess97 says: Jan 21, 2014 11:17 PM

    they knew the flag on Carlos Rogers was bull too.

  12. oshkoshoz says: Jan 21, 2014 11:28 PM

    NaVorro Bowman enduring the pain of his knee ripping apart BUT HANGING ONTO THE FOOTBALL is the new standard of focused toughness. What a man. Heal well, Mr. Bowman. I’m not a 49er fan but football watchers all over the country now respect you forever.

  13. rukkus1 says: Jan 22, 2014 1:13 AM

    Hope that recovery goes well. I almost threw up watching that. Stud player and had a great year. Hate to see it end like that.

    … and hate to see that the scum couple of Seattle fans had to throw popcorn at him. Dont let that make you think all of Seattle is like that. Ive been at alot of games and its the same as any other city. Mostly good people with a couple rotten apples.

    The was possibly the best game of the year period. 9ers are tough. See yall next year.

  14. backdapack4evr says: Jan 22, 2014 3:44 AM

    Sorry to hear that.
    As much as I dislike the whiners I do wish him a full recovery…

  15. rukkus1 says: Jan 22, 2014 5:56 AM

    ou know Navarro Bowman got something thrown at him… but theres more to that story just like the Sherman/Crabtree story.

    YouTube it. Navarro Bowman took a kids sign during the warm ups, ripped it, and threw it on the ground.

    Not gonna say that throwing popcorn at an injured player is right even after you ripped a sign, but theres alot more going on behind these stories than what the public sees at a glance.

  16. floratiotime says: Jan 22, 2014 7:47 AM

    Hate to say it, but he’s never going to be the same player again.

  17. tundratommy says: Jan 22, 2014 8:30 AM

    As long as he follows PED-erson’s rehab technique, he’ll be just fine.

  18. hawksfan99 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:20 AM

    He’ll never be the same

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