Jim Harbaugh’s heart procedure "not a major cause of concern”
Jim Harbagh first checked in with a doctor on Wednesday after feeling ill all day. The doctor advised him to immediately undergo the heart procedure the next day at Stanford Hospital. The San Francisco 49ers players were only informed about Jim Harbaugh’s heatt procedure before Thursday’s practice. Players insisted that Jim Harbaugh had not previously given any signs of being sick on Wednesday.
"He was pretty good. We were slapping hands and talking yesterday," stated San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson about Jim Harbaugh. "I didn't see anything. He showed no emotions. He didn't show anything like that."
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis too was caught by surprise with the news.
"He seemed fine to me. He actually sat right behind me in meetings,” said Patrick Willis. I didn't know anything was wrong. But like I said, we know he's going to be alright."
Specials team coordinator Brad Seely filled in for Jim Harbaugh and led the San Francisco 49ers through team meeting as well as practice on Thursday.
The San Francisco 49ers were confident that Jim Harbaugh will be able to catch on with them before Monday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
"It's one of those things that, like coach Harbaugh always tells us, he's tougher than a $2 steak. We know he's going to be alright,” added Patrick Willis. We know we have a bunch of great coaches here that keep everything on track, and we're going to practice today as if he was here."
The 48-year-old Jim Harbaugh is into his second-year as an NFL coach after leading the San Francisco 49es 13-3 in the 2011 season and their first playoffs appearance in over a decade, which earned him the Coach of the Year award last season.
A few San Francisco 49ers from Jim Harbaugh’s coaching days at Stanford have seen the dedication and heart the coach puts into building the team and schemes. So after years of toughing it up and completely dedicating himself to the sport, its tough for players to imagine Jim Harbaugh off the sidelines due to illness.
"To actually see something like this happen to a man who's so passionate about his job and about this team, to see him be taken away,” said San Francisco 49ers safety Michael Thomas, “you wish him well but you know it's just killing him not being here."