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January 20, 2014
Guard Mike Iupati suffered broken fibula

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Guard Mike Iupati suffered a fractured left fibula early in the second quarter Sunday and will not need surgery, a league source said today. As far as lower-leg diagnoses go, it was a good one for the 49ers' big left guard. The fibula is the smaller of the two bones in the lower leg. It is a clean break, there was no ligament damage and Iupati should be back to full strength in eight weeks.

Iupati had a rough season as he dealt with shoulder and knee injuries at various points. In the run-up to Sunday's game, he said he was finally feeling like himself, and it showed in the 49ers' divisional-game win against the Panthers. Iupati had perhaps his best game of the season as the 49ers offensive line dominated the second half, and he made key blocks on Colin Kaepernick's touchdown run and Frank Gore's long run for a first down in that game.

Against the Seahawks, that running room disappeared. Gore had only 14 yards on 11 carries. The 49ers rushed for 161 yards, but 130 came on Kaepernick's scrambles.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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