Patrick Willis has had surgery on his fractured right hand. The San Francisco 49ers’ inside linebacker sustained the injury late last week at training camp.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is out for the time being after X-rays showed Thursday he has a slightly-fractured right hand. Meantime, trainers carted cornerback Chris Culliver off the field with an apparent left knee injury.
Patrick Willis has agreed to restructure his current contract to free up money for the Niners’ efforts to sign their 2013 NFL draft picks, a move that will reportedly shave $1.2 million off of the 49ers’ salary cap.
Two of the league’s most imposing inside linebackers both happen to wear No. 52. Aside from the number, Lewis and Willis are as different as they come. Lewis is emotional, loud and brash. Willis is soft-spoken and happy to stay behind the scenes.
The San Francisco 49ers have started practicing for the Super Bowl surrounded by tight security and a lot of autograph-seeking fans hoping to catch a glimpse of their heroes even though the practice field is closed to the public.
There are a lot of things that will be needed to slow down the Atlanta Falcons offense in the NFC Championship Game. The 49er secondary will have their hands full chasing Roddy White and Julio Jones around, but the key match-up is going to be NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis vs. Tony Gonzalez. There is no doubt that Gonzalez is the greatest ever at the tight end position, but this is a match up that San Francisco can win.
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San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense.
Patrick Willis has become the face of the San Francisco 49er franchise. He is the middle linebacker on a team know for its defensive prowess. As his teammates have stepped up their level of play, he has been able to focus more on his position, and the result is a top tier defense. Willis has also made an impact off the field where he remains involved in the community and is someone who realizes that he is in a position to help those around him.