Before jumping in a plane headed to New York for Sunday’s game against the Giants, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh spoke to the media on Friday afternoon.
Harbaugh broached a few newsworthy topics but did not really break any new ground. A sampling, then, of Harbaugh’s last presser before Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium…
On if the reported “clean” MRI of linebacker NaVorro Bowman’s left knee meant the Niners would jump-start his comeback: “Well, I’m not skilled to read an MRI and the doctors are, so I know Dr. [Tim] McAdams, Dr. [James] Andrews have looked at it and I’m sure they’d be willing to share their thoughts with you.”
On if doctors have talked with Harbaugh on a timetable for Bowman’s return to practice: “Again, I’ll refer to expert medical opinion at reading MRIs.”
On how recently reinstated linebacker Aldon Smith had looked in practice after serving his nine-game suspension: “Good. He’s looked good all week. Been great. He’s had a bounce in his step and looks like he’s enjoying it. Having fun out there and that’s been great to see.”
On if Smith has knocked off some of the rust: “Yeah. I mean, as you go, as you’re thrown back into action, the biggest thing is that the instincts get honed, the reflexes are honed as you go each day.”
On how rookie inside linebacker Chris Borland has been able to make such a big impact: “A very talented player. Means a lot to him. Gives great effort. Very smart and executes all his assignments and he did that in college. As we evaluated him through the draft, I know he may [have] in his family and have other people that are big fans of his, but I’m tied for at least his No. 1 fan through the draft evaluating process and since he’s been here.”
On how big of a challenge it is to travel and play in New Orleans and New Jersey in consecutive weeks: “Well, the biggest challenge is going over to play a very good football team in their stadium. It’s a road game. Those are the greatest share of the challenge, the task.”