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49ers LB Willis Has Surgery On Fractured Hand

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Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Sports) — Patrick Willis has had surgery on his fractured right hand.

The San Francisco 49ers’ inside linebacker sustained the injury late last week, but he is expected to return to the field before the team’s first regular season game on against the Packers on Sept. 8.

Willis is believed to have sustained the injury when he collided with fullback Bruce Miller in a blitz pickup drill during training camp.

The linebacker has broken his right hand twice before during his seven-year NFL career.

READ MORE from CBS Sports on Willis’ surgery and expected comeback.

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