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49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh Undergoes "Minor Procedure" for Irregular Heartbeat

Jim Harbaugh does not agree with the call.
Jim Harbaugh does not agree with the call.Ralph Freso/Getty Images
John DegrooteCorrespondent IINovember 15, 2012

Usually at this point in the week we are expecting Jim Harbaugh to give the injury report on his players, but on Thursday, the 49ers were giving us one about the head coach.

The 49ers announced Thursday afternoon that Harbaugh is undergoing “a minor procedure” at Stanford Hospital for an irregular heartbeat.

A official statement released by the team said:

“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.”

Many people were surprised to hear the news, even within the organization. 49ers All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis was one of the people caught off guard.

"We didn't know he was having that done until just a second ago," Willis told reporters (via "He'll be alright, we know he will be."

Harbaugh has been one of the best coaches in the NFL since leaving Stanford to come to 49ers. He completely revitalized the franchise and brought a new culture to San Francisco. Harbaugh is 19-5-1 in his two seasons with the 49ers.

The 49ers face the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in what will be one of the marquee matches of the week. In theory, this gives Harbaugh an extra day of recovery.

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