Patrick Willis

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

49ers LB Willis Has Surgery On Fractured Hand

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.

08/06/2013

Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Getty Images/File)

49ers’ Willis Out With Fractured Hand; Culliver Also Injured

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.

08/01/2013

Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

49ers’ Willis Restructures Deal To Clear $1.2M In Space For Draft Picks

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.

04/26/2013

Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens and Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers. (Getty Images)

49ers’ Willis Poised To Replace Ravens’ Lewis As NFL’s Premier LB

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.

02/01/2013

49ers players participate in a practice at the team's practice facility in Santa Clara, January 25, 2013. (CBS)

Fans Vie For Glimpse of 49ers At Super Bowl Practice

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.

01/24/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers tackles wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers after a catch during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

On Sunday, NaVorro Bowman And Patrick Willis Will Be Asked To Do The (Almost) Impossible

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.

01/17/2013

Clay Matthews (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NFC All-Pro Selections – Defense

Defense wins championships. But these days it’s a certain kind of defense. Check out our NFC all-pro defense to see who excels.

01/13/2013

File photo of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. (credit: Getty Images)

The 10 New Orleans Spots That 49ers Fans Need To Know Before Super Sunday

When you’re down in the Big Easy and craving some traditional cuisine or a cocktail to wet your pallet, do you really know the players you need to know for the trip to New Orleans?

01/01/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Aldon Smith #99 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after making a tackle against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park on November 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Nine 49ers Players Named To Pro Bowl, No Raiders Selected

San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense.

12/26/2012

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 23: Patrick Willis #52 San Francisco 49ers celebrates making an interception during game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

49ers’ Patrick Willis Making Impact On And Off The Field

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.

12/25/2012

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