Updates from Monday, Jan. 20
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle provides the latest info on Mike Iupati's ankle injury:
The San Francisco 49ers took a 10-0 lead over the Seattle Seahawks with a short touchdown run in the second quarter of the NFC Championship Game, but it came at a significant price.
On Anthony Dixon's touchdown plunge from one yard out, guard Mike Iupati got rolled under and injured his ankle.
The team's official Twitter feed and the Mercury News' Tim Kawakami provided the details:
Iupati on a cart going into the locker room.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) January 20, 2014
John Clayton of ESPN later reported his status for a possible return:
49ers G Mike Iupati suffered ankle injury. He is getting x-rays. His return is questionable.— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) January 20, 2014
Kawakami confirmed he would not return minutes later:
Iupati will not return to the game, 49ers announce— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) January 20, 2014
After the game Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com provided an update on Iupati's status:
Mike Iupati sustained fractured ankle, Jim Harbaugh said.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) January 20, 2014
The severity of Iupati's injury is still unknown, but considering he laid on the field for an extended period of time and immediately left on a cart, it's difficult to imagine him returning against Seattle.
Adam Snyder will step in at left guard for the time being. The nine-year veteran out of Oregon started four games with Iupati sidelined in late November and early December, with the 'Niners winning all four of those contests.