Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati (77) is carted off the field during the first half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Iupati injury update: 49ers fear broken ankle

Sunday was not too kind to the San Francisco 49ers. During the team’s loss to the division rival Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship, they watched two key starters — linebacker NaVorro Bowman and guard Mike Iupati — go down with potentially serious injuries.

After the game, head coach Jim Harbaugh said that the initial diagnosis led the team to believe Bowman suffered a torn ACL and he also shared an update on Iupati.

While it is still not official, Harbaugh feared for the worse and said that it appeared Iupati may have suffered a broken ankle.

Neither injury will impact the team this season now that they have been eliminated, but it could make things a bit interesting moving forward.

If Iupati suffered a broken ankle, he will miss OTAs and be in a fight to get ready for training camp depending on the severity of the fracture. For Bowman, a torn ACL at this point in the season all but guarantees he will miss significant time in 2014. It would be a shock if he did not begin the season on the PUP list.

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