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Harbaugh expects ‘head down’ approach over 49ers’ final two weeks

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks off the field at the end of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 17-7.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks off the field at the end of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 17-7. AP

Jim Harbaugh reiterated today that he's always ready to meet with the general manager and team owner but that he has nothing planned with either Trent Baalke or Jed York this week.

“Everybody's been head down, everybody's been focused on the season,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “Players, coaches, front office – that's been our approach. That's what we've been doing.”

‘Full-steam ahead’ was Harbaugh's theme despite the fact that, for the first time since taking over the 49ers, his team will not be playing in the postseason. The 49ers also have lost three straight games for the first time under Harbaugh, and at 7-7, they are trying to stave off going through their first non-winning season since he took over in 2011.

Harbaugh several times said he was proud of the effort his team gave in Sunday’s 17-7 loss to Seattle. An example: Special teamer Kassim Osgood broke a bone in his hand early in the game and continued to play and play well. Osgood was one of several players who were injured; he's the only one that has been ruled out for the remaining two games at this point.

Two rookies, Carlos Hyde and Chris Borland, suffered ankle injuries. So did tight end Garrett Celek. They will have MRIs today that will determine the severity. Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks dislocated his thumb. Harbaugh said trainers will determine whether he will be be able to use the thumb – to grab opposing blockers and ball carriers – the way he needs to.

Frank Gore was in the building today. He will have to pass the NFL's post-concussion protocol and has a short week to do so. The 49ers play the Chargers on Saturday.

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