The San Francisco 49ers suffered a gut-wrenching loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship, and there’s been plenty of insult added to injury with cornerback Richard Sherman’s attack on the 49ers.
But the 49ers are more concerned with the injuries, specifically the one All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman suffered in the third-quarter of the game.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, it’s a torn ACL and MCL, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting it’s only a torn ACL:
MRI shows torn ACL and MCL for LB NaVorro Bowman, per league source.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 20, 2014
49ers LB NaVorro Bowman is expected to be ready for the start of the 2014 season, per source. Bowman will undergo surgery on his torn ACL.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 20, 2014
The play happened with the Seahawks facing third-and-10 in the fourth quarter when quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass to Jermaine Kearse. Bowman stripped Kearse, but the receiver was pushed into Bowman’s left leg by safety Eric Reid, causing the horrific injury.
To make matters worse, Bowman clearly recovered the fumble, but the referees ruled otherwise. It wasn’t the first major injury for the 49ers on Sunday.
Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati suffered an ankle injury during Anthony Dixon’s 1-yard touchdown run in the second-quarter. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game that Iupati suffered a fractured ankle.