Morgan Hill native, 49ers’ linebacker, Jeff Ulbrich, opts for
On Sunday afternoon, in the San Francisco 49ers game against the Indianapolis Colts, Morgan Hill resident Jeff Ulbrich suffered a torn left biceps, on Wednesday morning Ulbrich made the decision to opt for surgery.
In an interview with the Gilroy Dispatch on Wednesday afternoon, his mother Pat confirmed that the former Live oak graduate had in fact opted for surgery.
“He is going in for the surgery of his detached left biceps on Thursday morning. I believe he is having the surgery at Stanford Medical Center,” Ulbrich’s mother confirmed. “His Dad and I, his sisters, his family, his wife have all been trying to get Jeff to think about the long term. It’s tough because he is such a battler. He never wants to not play.
“If he didn’t have the surgery he’d lose 50 percent of his strength in his left arm and he’s left handed,” Pat admitted. “Jeff is really excited about the team this year and keeps telling us that the team is going to surprise a lot of people. If there’s one message I know he’d want his fans to know it’s that ‘he’ll be back.'”
The 49ers head coach, Mike Nolan confirmed the report and updated the media on Ulbrich’s status for the rest of the season.
“(LB Jeff) Ulbrich, on the injury side, has decided to have the surgery. He will be put on injured reserve, so he’ll be out for the rest of the season. Jeff did his due diligence and everything,” Nolan said. “He obviously met with all of the staff. He met with the coaches. He did it right, I’ll say that. He talked to doctors; he called several players who had it in the past.
“He even inquired to several other doctors around the country about things they could do, but in the end I think it was the right choice. I hate to lose him,” Nolan admitted. “He’s a good player, and I think he’s great for the football team. He will remain around here. He’s going to continue to be in the meetings. He’s always wanted to be a coach, so he put it out there that he wants to get in on meetings, and we’ll let him do that. We’ll miss him for now, but in the long run, it’s the right choice.”