Injury updates on 49ers' Bowman, Iupati
January, 21, 2014
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
A day after a painful 23-17 loss at Seattle, the San Francisco 49ers got some clarity on injuries to two key players.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that linebacker NaVorro Bowman has a torn MCL in addition to a torn ACL on his left knee. The early indications Sunday was Bowman suffered a torn ACL. Also, a source confirmed that guard Mike Iupati broke his fibula in the game. The initial thought by the team was he fractured his ankle.
Iupati's recovery time is about two months. It will not affect his 2014 season.
Bowman's recover will be a storyline throughout the offseason. Schefter reported that tears such as Bowman's are routine enough that he is expected to be ready for the start of the season.
However, the torn MCL complicates matters because it will likely delay his surgery for the torn ACL. Thus, it could extend his recovery time. So, if there are any complications, there is a chance Bowman could miss some time in the regular season.
Bowman's and Iupati's injuries continued a trend of the 49ers suffering major injuries at Seattle. Defensive tackle Ian Williams was lost for the season in Week 2 at Seattle.