Jim Harbaugh shared the bad news following San Francisco’s 23-17 defeat in the NFC Championship game.
“It was a 15-round fight,” the 49ers coach said after his team lost out on an opportunity to reach consecutive Super Bowls.
Iupati’s injury happened early in the game on a fourth-down
Bowman’s injury in the second half was another devastating blow. He, too, also left the locker room on crutches.
The All-Pro linebacker appeared to force a fumble after a Russell Wilson pass to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter. Bowman stripped the Seahawks wideout in front of the goal line, but was hit on the play by rookie safety
Bowman’s injury startled his teammates.
“I know how tough he is,”
Willis knew the ball was loose on the play, but admitted to not caring where it was. He saw Bowman buckle immediately when he was struck by Reid’s hit on Kearse.
“I didn’t care where the ball was,” Willis said.
Willis said he would be there every step of the way with Bowman’s upcoming rehabilitation work.
“He’s going to be alright,” Willis said. “He’s strong mentally and physically.”
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