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Patrick Willis | Linebacker

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240
College: Mississippi
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49ers LB Patrick Willis (injured reserve) says his toe has been an issue for "several seasons."
"It’s been something that I’ve been dealing with for a while now," Willis said. "I don’t look to play this game for just another year. ... When I hurt it in the Rams game, it made me nervous then because I knew what I had already been feeling all these years." Although Willis' loss is a huge blow for the 49ers, it's absolutely the right call for Willis to take the long view. Signed through 2016, Willis turns 30 in January. Nov 11 - 6:26 PM

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49ers placed ILB Patrick Willis on injured reserve with a toe injury, ending his season.

Willis has been sidelined since Week 6, and it's now been determined that he needs surgery. He's the top all-around linebacker in the game, excelling both in coverage and against the run. Rookie Chris Borland, a tackle machine, will fill in. Fellow injured ILB Navorro Bowman revealed this week that he's also still feeling pain in his surgically-repaired knee. It'll be Borland and Michael Wilhoite.
Nov 11 - 3:02 PM

Sources tell FOX Sports that 49ers ILB Patrick Willis (toe) is likely done for the season.

Willis has been sidelined since spraining his left toe in Week 6. It appears he'll need season-ending surgery, a devastating blow to the Niners even though backup Chris Borland has been a major revelation. Willis, 29, is a five-time first-team All-Pro, seven-time Pro Bowler and arguably the game's premier cover linebacker. Fantasy owners are free to stream tight ends against San Francisco, starting with Larry Donnell in Week 11.
Nov 11 - 12:49 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday morning that 49ers ILB Patrick Willis' toe injury could cost him "significant time."

Willis has been out since October 13, so he's going on a full month missed. But it sounds like Willis could still miss several more weeks. Expect rookie ILB Chris Borland to continue to rack up tackles in the absence of Willis, who was deceptively listed as "questionable" on this week's injury report despite not practicing at all during the week. It's a big blow to San Francisco's defense, particularly in tight end coverage.
Nov 9 - 12:59 PM

49ers ILB Patrick Willis (toe) is inactive for Week 10 against the Saints.

The expected news is a nice boost for Jimmy Graham, as Willis is arguably the top cover linebacker in the game. He should be considered week to week, and likely to suit up for Week 11. Also inactive for the 49ers are QB Josh Johnson, WR Quinton Patton, CB Leon McFadden, S L.J. McCray, LB Dan Skuta and OL Dillion Farrell.
Nov 9 - 11:30 AM

According to NFL Network's Jeff Darlington, 49ers ILB Patrick Willis (toe) is "very, very doubtful" for Sunday's Week 10 game against the Saints.

Willis is listed as questionable, but did not practice all week as he continues to battle his sprained toe. Look for Chris Borland to start. It's a major matchup upgrade for Jimmy Graham, as Willis is the NFL's top cover linebacker against tight ends. Graham is our No. 1 play at tight end Sunday.
Nov 9 - 10:37 AM

49ers ILB Patrick Willis (toe) is officially listed as questionable for Week 10 after missing the entire week of practice.

49ers DC Vic Fangio, however, conceded "it would be more like doubtful" if Willis didn't practice Friday, and he did not. Expect Michael Wilhoite and rookie Chris Borland to be San Francisco's inside linebackers at New Orleans.
Nov 7 - 3:54 PM

49ers ILB Patrick Willis (toe) missed his third straight practice Friday.

Willis is shaping up as unlikely to play in Sunday's bout with New Orleans, which would be great news for Jimmy Graham's fantasy matchup. The Niners frequently use Willis -- the NFL's top coverage linebacker -- to chase opposing tight ends. Expect Chris Borland to continue filling in next to Michael Wilhoite.
Nov 7 - 2:25 PM

49ers ILB Patrick Willis (toe) is considered questionable for Week 10.

Willis missed Wednesday and Thursday's practices. Willis appeared poised to return in Week 9 before being a last-minute scratch. The 49ers badly need Willis to suit up as they look to slow down Jimmy Graham.
Nov 6 - 3:39 PM

49ers ILB Patrick Willis (toe) did not practice Wednesday.

Willis has missed the last two games due to the sprained left toe he suffered in Week 6. It's a bit odd that he sat out Wednesday as he did practice on a limited basis last week before getting scratched as the last minute. Owners thinking about using Jimmy Graham in daily formats need to monitor this closely as Willis is among the best in the game at covering tight ends. Quarterbacks have a brutal 58.3 passer rating when throwing at him this year.
Nov 6 - 10:52 AM

49ers declared LB Patrick Willis, CB Tramaine Brock, WR Quinton Patton, DT Tank Carradine, DT Demarcus Dobbs, C Dillon Farrell and QB Josh Johnson inactive for Week 9 against the Rams.

Willis was a game-time decision with a toe injury. He should be able to play next week. Chris Borland will start in his place. Tramaine Brock is dealing with a toe injury.
Nov 2 - 2:45 PM

49ers ILB Patrick Willis (questionable, toe) will be a game-time decision for Week 9 against the Rams.

Willis is hoping to return this week after practicing on a limited basis. He could end up missing just one game coming off the 49ers' bye. Willis shouldn't be on a snap count if active.
Oct 31 - 7:16 PM

49ers ILB Patrick Willis (toe) returned to practice Wednesday.

It's Willis' first practice since going down in the Week 6 loss at Denver. He says he does not have turf toe, but rather a strained muscle in his toe. Consider Willis questionable for Sunday against the lowly Rams.
Oct 30 - 8:32 AM

49ers ILB Patrick Willis (toe) has been ruled out for Week 7.

Rookie Chris Borland will make his first career start. LG Mike Iupati (concussion) has also been ruled out.
Oct 17 - 6:11 PM

Coach Jim Harbaugh said he doesn't believe ILB Patrick Willis' toe injury is a long-term issue.

Harbaugh also wouldn't characterize Willis' injury as turf toe, which is good news. Willis was recently diagnosed with a sprained toe after leaving Monday night's win over the Rams. He's not expected to play this week. Chris Borland will likely get the start next to ILB Michael Wilhoite against the Broncos.
Oct 15 - 11:33 AM

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