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49ers Players Weigh in on NaVorro Bowman Injury

Posted Jan 20, 2014

San Francisco's inside linebacker's gruesome injury leads his teammates to believe he will "attack" his upcoming rehab.

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 NaVorro Bowman's serious-looking knee injury; Harbaugh noted a potential tear to the ACL in the Pro Bowler's left knee.

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."


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