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Name  Patrick Willis
Born  1/25/1985
Height  6-1
Weight  240
College  Ole Miss
10/5/2013 10:01:00 AM
Description: 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis is listed as questionable ahead of Week 5's tilt against the Texans, though the team's defensive coordinator Vic Fangio believes he has a better than 50 percent shot at playing on Sunday. SOURCE: Comcast Bay Area
Insight: Willis missed last week's contest against St. Louis because of a pulled groin but he's been practicing all week. Expect the six-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick to be on the field Sunday night at Candlestick Park.
10/3/2013 9:49:00 AM
Description: Niners linebacker Patrick Willis will probably be a game-time decision this week against Houston. SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Insight: Willis sat out last week's game because of a pulled groin. He's making progress but there's no guarantee he'll be ready for Sunday.
9/26/2013 8:06:00 PM
Description: San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis is out for Thursday's game versus the Rams.
Insight: He's been battling a groin injury and hasn't practiced all week. It's a huge blow for the 49ers, who will also be without their best pass rusher Aldon Smith (rehab).
9/24/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: San Francisco All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis (groin) said he is "hopeful" that he'll play Thursday against the Rams, according to Ian Rapoport of
Insight: Willis left Sunday's game with a groin injury and doesn't have a lot of time to heal with the 49ers on a short week. With Aldon Smith out while he deals with alcohol issues, the 49ers defense could be down two of its best players Thursday.
9/23/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: San Francisco All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis injured his groin and is not expected to be available for Thursday's game with St. Louis.
Insight: Willis will have an MRI on Monday night, but with just four days until the next game its unlikely that he can rehab in time. Add in Aldon Smith being placed on the reserve/NFI list and you have a vastly weaker 49ers' defense.
8/1/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is dealing with a fractured right hand.
Insight: Schefter called it a "slight" fracture and said that Willis will play through the injury. Willis dealt with the same injury back in 2007 and ended up winning Rookie of the Year honors. That, ladies and gentleman, is called toughness.
9/24/2012 3:16:00 PM
Description: 49ers LB Patrick Willis left Sunday's game with a sprained ankle but the team doesn't think it's serious and he's expected to be ready for next Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: Willis is a key player in the 49ers defense and his loss would certainly be felt, but at this point we don't expect to have that problem. The 49ers defense should be a good play in Week 4 against a Jets offense that hasn't done much since Week 1.
12/29/2010 3:45:00 PM
Description: 49ers LB Patrick Willis will miss the first game of his career after undergoing a second surgery on his broken right hand. SOURCE: TWITTER
Insight: Hopefully, you didn't need to rely on Willis to get you through this weekend. He should be ready for the start of offseason activities in 2011.
12/29/2010 3:05:00 PM
Description: David White of the San Francisco Chronicle reports Willis (right hand) has been ruled out for Week 17 after undergoing a second surgery on his broken right hand.
Insight: This will be the first time Willis has missed a game in his NFL career. He will finish 2010 with 128 tackles and a career-high six sacks. (
12/16/2010 8:02:00 PM
Description: Alex Flanagan of NFL Network reports Willis (right hand) had surgery to repair a broken hand on Monday.
Insight: Willis is active for Thursday night against San Diego, and will wear a cast on the hand. (
5/4/2010 3:01:00 PM
Description: Fox's Jay Glazer reports, via Twitter, that Willis has agreed to a five-year, $50 million contract extension with the 49ers.
Insight: Willis has emerged as one of the top inside linebackers in the NFL, and is well worth the investment the 49ers are making in him. (
3/31/2010 10:56:00 AM
Description: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Willis (right knee surgery) was spotted on crutches in the 49ers' locker room on Tuesday.
Insight: Willis recently underwent surgery to remove a bursa sac in his right knee, but it is not expected to affect his ability to ready for the start of the 2010 season. (
3/17/2010 7:38:00 PM
Description: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Willis recently had surgery to remove a bursa sac from his knee.
Insight: The surgery was considered minor and is unlikely to cost Willis any substantial offseason work. He is one of the best linebackers in the league. (
1/29/2010 4:51:00 PM
Description: According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, via Twitter, Willis (right knee) has bowed out of the Pro Bowl with a "slight" knee injury.
Insight: Barrows reports Willis is dealing with bursitis in the knee, which has caused swelling, but the 48ers reportedly said he'd be "good to go" if it were a regular season game. Carolina's Jon Beason will take his place on the NFC roster. (
8/30/2009 1:08:00 PM
Description: Willis had three solo tackles and one assist against Dallas on Saturday night.
Insight: The IDP stud has been hampered recently by an ankle injury, but looks fine now. Expect another excellent season from him. (
8/21/2009 5:13:00 PM
Description: Willis (right ankle) will not play in Saturday's game against Oakland. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Insight: Willis returned to limited practice last week after missing a little over two weeks after rolling his ankle on the first day of training camp. The injury does not appear to be a major concern, and Willis is expected to practice fully next week. He should be one of the first, if not the first, LB off the board in IDP leagues. (
Steady11/11/2008 8:10:00 AM
Description: Willis led the 49ers defense on Monday against Arizona with 11 total tackles, nine of which were solo.
Insight: Willis remains an IDP stud as he is once again among the league leaders in tackles. His 66 solo tackles is tops in the NFL. (

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