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.

18 responses to “Harbaugh hints that Bowman ultimately may need MCL surgery, too

  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

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

    Interceptions are reviewable, by the way.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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