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Mike Iupati fractured his fibula, didn’t break his ankle

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After the NFC Championship Game, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said that guard Mike Iupati broke his ankle when he was forced out of the game in the first half.

Iupati did wind up with a break in his lower leg, but it turned out to be not quite as serious as a broken ankle. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that Iupati fractured his left fibula, an injury which will not require him to have surgery.

Iupati avoided ligament damage and is expected to be recovered in eight weeks, which would mean he’s ready to go in time for the start of the 49ers’ offseason program even if he doesn’t take part in all of it. A broken ankle would likely have kept Iupati out for an even longer period of time and made for a more difficult rehab process, so the revised diagnosis is a pretty good one for Iupati and the Niners.

Iupati is heading into the final year of his rookie contract in San Francisco and should be in line for a pretty nice extension (or contract elsewhere) after his first four years have established him as one of the league’s guards.

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9 Responses to “Mike Iupati fractured his fibula, didn’t break his ankle”
  1. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 21, 2014 8:05 AM

    He got what he deserves.

  2. crubenst says: Jan 21, 2014 8:07 AM

    The fibula is part of the ankle so a fractured fibula COULD still be a broken ankle. Not all ankle fractures are severe or require surgery.

  3. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 21, 2014 8:28 AM

    That blows for Iupati, but at least it was the fibula. If it were the tibia – that’s way worse. Unlike the fibula, the tibia is much thicker and weight-bearing.

    I recall Jack Youngblood played the NFCCG v. Tampa Bay and Super Bowl XIV v. Pittsburgh – with a fractured fibula and a pair of aspirin.

    And bones heal faster (and better) than ligaments and tendons. Of all the outcomes regarding Iupati’s wheel, this is one that is much less egregious than what it could have been.

    Here’s hoping Iupati is ready to rock in ’14. He is a very good, young, strong, physical OG who will be a fixture for years. Just good to hear his injury is not as bad as many of the other possibilities.

  4. osiris33 says: Jan 21, 2014 9:59 AM

    J.R. Sweezy is also “one of the league’s guards,” but he’s playing in the Super Bowl.

  5. sonoco says: Jan 21, 2014 10:35 AM

    You mean J.R. Sleezy?

  6. DonRSD says: Jan 21, 2014 12:31 PM

    Forty-Whiners have a ton of players needing to be paid.
    Looks like it’s all downhill from here.
    All those seasons of sucking. Getting high draft picks and not paying them has ended.
    Seattle’s time is coming soon.

  7. bavarianniner says: Jan 21, 2014 1:14 PM

    Instead of enjoying your trip to the SB, Seatrolls keep mocking the Niners and their injuries… Makes me think that Richard Sherman is THE perfect face of your franchise.

  8. drstrangehawk says: Jan 21, 2014 1:27 PM

    Great game on Sunday. As a football fan this is the kind of contest that makes the playoffs worth watching. As a Seahawk fan I of course am happy, but as a fan I’m also glad that Upati’s and Bowman’s injuries were not as serious as first reported. They both should be back for the 2014 season. The 9’rs played one hell of a game but Seattle was just better on that day. Could have had a different outcome but I will take it. This is a great rivalry. Up there with Giants/Philly and Bears/Packers.

  9. sfniners4life says: Jan 22, 2014 10:55 AM

    The League’s Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says:
    Jan 21, 2014 8:05 AM
    He got what he deserves.
    ———————————————
    Really? Your probably one of those ingnorat fans that throw food at bowman. That commit will only be applied when Sherman gets his jaw broke. I hope you can hear me laugh my ass off when the shehawks get destroyed by Peyton.

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