San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh underwent a minor heart procedure last night.
Harbaugh missed practice today but is expected to be back on the field on Friday. It is unclear if Harbaugh will be healthy enough to coach Monday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
According to NBC Chicago, Harbaugh had a minor procedure to deal with an irregular heartbeat.
The 49ers released a statement, saying:
“Coach Harbaugh is not at the facility today under doctor’s orders. He is having a minor procedure done at Stanford Hospital today for an irregular heartbeat. We anticipate that he will be back at the facility tomorrow, but do not have any further information to share at this time. Assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Brad Seely will be overseeing today’s practice and meetings. When more information regarding coach Harbaugh is available we will pass that along.”
According to ESPN, Harbaugh visited the hospital after feeling ill and was advised by his doctors to have a minor hear procedure.
Several players on the 49ers said that they were surprised to hear that their coach needed to have surgery.
49ers safety Dashon Goldson said:
“He was pretty good. We were slapping hands and talking yesterday … I didn’t see anything. He showed no emotions. He didn’t show anything like that.”
Patrick Willis added:
“He seemed fine to me. He actually sat right behind me in meetings … He seemed fine. I didn’t know anything was wrong. But like I said, we know he’s going to be alright.”
Harmaugh isn’t the only 49er with health problems at the moment. Quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion last week and is questionable for this week’s game.