Jim Harbaugh: 'NaVorro Bowman faces gruelling rehab'

Jim Harbaugh head coach of the San Francisco 49ers enters the practice field during the San Francisco 49ers rookie minicamp at their training facility on May 10, 2013
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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh admits that linebacker NaVorro Bowman faces "gruelling rehab" after tearing his ACL and MCL.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has admitted that inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman faces a "gruelling" recovery process from injury.

Bowman tore his MCL and ACL after getting caught underneath a mass of bodies in an awkward position during Sunday's NFC championship game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Harbaugh acknowledged that the road back to fitness would be a long one for the 25-year-old, but is confident that he has the mental strength to get back to his best.

"He's got healing ahead. He's got gruelling rehab ahead," Harbaugh told reporters.

"That is not the way that you would've wanted or foreseen his off-season to be after coming off what many have talked about - and deservedly so - of a defensive-player-of-the-year type of performance. Great year by NaVorro.

"Knowing what's inside of NaVorro Bowman, I have great faith in the human agency of NaVorro Bowman to continue to be great."

Bowman made 145 tackles, forced four fumbles and broke up seven passes during an impressive season for the 49ers.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers is carted off the field in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014
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