49ers offseason injury updates

49ers offseason injury updates
January 27, 2014, 10:15 am
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Two or three more weeks: NaVorro Bowman's ACL surgery cannot take place until the MCL has had time to heal and inflammation subsides. (AP)

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All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman has yet to undergo surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee.

Bowman also sustained damage to the MCL (medial collateral ligament), which will not require surgery. However, the ACL surgery cannot take place until the MCL has had some time to heal and the inflammation to subside.

Coach Jim Harbaugh last week said the ACL surgery would take place in two or three weeks.

[RELATED: Bowman faces surgery, lengthy rehab]

There is no timetable on Bowman’s return to action. He is expected to miss the 49ers’ nine-week offseason program, which is scheduled to begin April 21.

In other 49ers offseason injury news:

--Left guard Mike Iupati did not require surgery on his broken left leg – just above the ankle. He will be in a cast for up to two months but should be ready to participate in part of the offseason program.

--Running back Frank Gore underwent “minor surgery” on his fractured ring finger on his right hand.

--Linebacker Patrick Willis underwent an unspecified procedure last week on his left hand or thumb. He is expected to be ready for the offseason program. Willis is believed to have sustained the injury the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks. He was not listed on the team’s injury report entering the game.

[RELATED: Willis on the mend after undergoing procedure on hand]

--Wide receiver Mario Manningham, who was placed on injured reserve with a bothersome left knee, is “doing well and will definitely be ready for the offseason program,” a source said. Manningham is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

--Defensive lineman Ray McDonald is expected to undergo surgery to repair a partially torn biceps tendon. His timetable for a complete recovery is not known.

--Fullback Bruce Miller sustained a fractured left scapula (shoulder blade) and was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 18. He is no longer in a sling, and is expected to be ready to participate in the 49ers’ offseason program.

--Cornerback Chris Culliver, who sustained a torn ACL in training camp, is doing straight-ahead running as part of his rehabilitation. He expects to take part in some of the offseason conditioning program and be ready for the opening of training camp. 

--Nose tackle Ian Williams, who sustained a broken left ankle in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks, said he expects to be 100 percent by the start of training camp.

--Running back Marcus Lattimore (knee) and defensive lineman Tank Carradine (knee) did not play their rookie seasons due to injuries they sustained during their 2012 college seasons. Carradine spent five weeks on the 49ers' 53-man roster before being placed on injured reserve to continue his rehab.

[RELATED: Changes expected in 49ers secondary]

When asked if he believes both Lattimore and Carradine will produced for the 49ers in 2014, Harbaugh said, “I have great hope for that, yes. I think there’s a path there, and nobody owes anybody a career in professional football. Your career is literally your business, but I have great faith that those men have what it takes.”

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