Source: Niners’ Bowman has torn ACL, MCL

Updated: January 20, 2014, 6:58 PM ET news services

An MRI revealed that San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Bowman will have surgery to repair the ACL, but the MCL is expected to heal on its own, the source said, adding that Bowman is expected to be ready for the start of the 2014 season.

Bowman was injured in the second half of San Francisco’s 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game when two players fell into his planted left knee as he made a play on a goal-line stand.

He appeared to have a fumble recovery on the play, but officials ruled Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch ended up with the ball.

A candidate for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, the inside linebacker was taken off the field on a cart.

Bowman, a four-year veteran, led the Niners in tackles this season with 145.

Information from San Francisco 49ers reporter Bill Williamson contributed to this report.

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