Editor's note: 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the media from Santa Clara on Friday. Below is a full transcript of his comments.
With the results back from LB NaVorro Bowman’s MRI, where does that leave you in terms of his immediate future?
“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.”
Have the doctors talked to you about his timetable for a return to practice?
“Again, I’ll refer to expert medical opinion at reading MRIs.”
How did LB Aldon Smith look to you in practice today?
“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.”
LB Chris Borland, his measurables at the combine weren’t off the charts in terms of 40 times or height-weight. How’s he been able to make such an impact with you guys as a rookie?
“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 in his family and have other people that are big fans of his, but I’m tied for at least his number one fan through the draft evaluating process and since he’s been here.”
You talked about Aldon. I guess 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said yesterday he was a little rusty Wednesday, but this was before he practiced yesterday and then today. Has he gotten better as the week’s gone on and are you confident he can contribute in some way on Sunday?
“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.”
How big a challenge is it just the travel, to go to New Orleans and come back and then you go to New York? As you know, this is your last, from here on out I think you’re in the west coast and really in the Bay Area for five of the six games. How big a challenge is that to turn around and go to New York again?
“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.”
You’ve had people from different walks of life talk to the team before. Some of the wrestling stars are around today. Is there any chance they would address the team or spend any time with those guys?
“Not today. We’re on a really tight schedule today.”