Just received this statement from the San Francisco 49ers on Jim Harbaugh:
“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.”
While it sounds weird to term any heart procedure as “minor,” the fact that Harbaugh will in all probability be back in Santa Clara coaching the team is a good sign. Seely has served as an assistant head coach for four straight years, from 2009-10 with the Cleveland Browns and for the past two seasons under Harbaugh.
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat in September, then suffered a “mini stroke” as he was being discharged. Baker returned to manage the Reds during the last two weeks of the regular season as well as the NLDS.
As the 49ers prepare to face the Chicago Bears on Monday, Patrick Willis doesn’t seem too worried: