All Jim Harbaugh could offer on his inside linebacker's gruesome injury Sunday night was this.
Tough break for NaVorro.
It was clear that the 49ers coach and his team was still wrestling with the prospect of
Less than 24 hours after Bowman went down, his teammates were still processing it. Here's what fellow 49ers, other NFL players and TV pundits had to say:
"I look at him as my brother, as my partner in crime on the field. I know how tough he is, when he couldn't get up on his own. I could hear him yelling. At that point in time, I didn't care where the ball was. I was just like, 'Come out here and help him.' It's unfortunate.
"He was holding his knee. I heard him yelling. I lost track of where the ball was. I never heard hiim yell like that or stay down.
"He's a competitor. He wanted nothing more to be out there and to finish that game with us, win, lose or draw.
"Most important, I pray that he's alright. Mentally, I will be with him every step of the way. He's mentally and physically strong, so he's going to be good."
"That was really tough. He made a great play on that, and for that to not even really count, that was tough. I'm sure NaVorro will be back in no time. He's such a competitor. I just told him I feel for him and, 'Good luck.'"
"It's real difficult to see any of your teammates go down like that. All the work that put in, it's heartfelt. We just want him to recover as quick as possible, get his full strength back and become the player that we know he can become. We're 100 percent behind him because you don't want to see anyone go down like that."
"He sacrificed his body for this team. He's our leader. He's arguably the best player we have. To see him go down, it hurts. I'll be praying for him and wishing him a speedy recovery.
On the plane ride home, "he was surprising optimistic. To get an injury like that in a game like that, I don't know that I could say I would have the same optimism. He looked like he was doing OK."
Navarro Bowman best linebacker in the game gone come back stronger than ever—
Marcus Lattimore(@MarcusLattimore) January 20, 2014
Prayers for my brother @NBowman53 it's truly an honer playing in front of him...—
Glenn Dorsey(@GlennDorsey72) January 20, 2014
My prayers, love & support go out to @NBowman53 .. I kno u gonna shake right back.. Great player and hell of a leader! —
Eric Wright(@EWrighteous21) January 20, 2014
Prayers out to my brother @NBowman53 . Very tough guy so I know he will get through this like a champ
I am truly praying for N.Bowman. A great player and a great guy. God bless you man. Truth
— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) January 20, 2014
I'm praying for my man Navorro Bowman— Shawne Merriman (@shawnemerriman) January 20, 2014
@NBowman53 I'm praying for you my man. Great player on and great person off the field. Respect and prayers for a Speedy and full recovery!— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) January 20, 2014
Prayers Up for @NBowman53— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 20, 2014
Wish u nothing but the best homie stayed prayed up! @NBowman53— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) January 20, 2014
Praying for @NBowman53 ... Hate to see such an amazing player go down like that... Speedy recovery— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2014