Although the team expected the worst after Bowman was forced to leave the NFC Championship game in obvious pain, a Monday MRI confirmed the diagnosis.
MRI shows torn ACL and MCL for LB NaVorro Bowman, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 20, 2014
Given how late the injury occurred in the season, the 2013 first-team All Pro is certainly in danger of missing Week 1 of 2014.
At least one San Francisco player was cautiously optimistic about Bowman’s prospects.
“I'll be there every step of the way and help him out in anything he needs," said cornerback Chris Culliver, who missed the 2013 season after tearing his ACL in training camp.
In other San Francisco injury news, running back Frank Gore will undergo "minor finger surgery” and guard Mike Iupati is recovering from a broken left fibula.
49ers RB Frank Gore will undergo "minor finger surgery," source said.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) January 21, 2014
Iupati and Gore should both be ready for training camp prior to the 2014 season.