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49ers' Harbaugh back to work after heart procedure

  • File - In this Nov. 11, 2012 file photo, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks on the sidelines during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in San Francisco. Harbaugh is back at work a day after undergoing a minor procedure for an irregular heartbeat. The reigning NFL Coach of the Year returned to the field to lead San Francisco through Friday's walk-through session, with a full practice scheduled for the afternoon. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

SANTA CLARA — Jim Harbaugh practically galloped through the locker room, lively as ever, offering a wave and a smile to long snapper Brian Jennings before putting his arm around right guard Alex Boone.

The San Francisco 49ers coach was back at work Friday and fired up to be there a day after undergoing a minor procedure for an irregular heartbeat that kept him away for all of half a day.

"I'm fine, I'm fine," Harbaugh said. "No limits. Going about everything as normal. Had a little irregular heartbeat. I've had that before. Now that I have the procedure, a cardiovert, it's amazing. It gets the heart rate back to normal. Atrial flutter is something I've had for a while, most of my life."

The reigning NFL Coach of the Year returned to the field to lead San Francisco through a morning walk-through session, with a full practice scheduled for the afternoon. He did stop by for the final hour of Thursday's practice for a "little bit" of coaching but "more standing."

"It was pretty cool to see him," safety Donte Whitner said. "We knew it was a minor heart thing, but a heart thing no matter if it's minor, it's serious. It felt a little different without him. Hopefully, he doesn't have to go through it again."


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