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Niners fear “slight fracture” in hand for Patrick Willis

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The good news for the 49ers is that, per a league source, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis feels fine after injuring his right hand during practice on Wednesday.  The bad news is that Willis nevertheless may have a “slight fracture” in his hand.

Willis will have an X-ray on Thursday, a development first reported by Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

As Maiocco explains, Willis has suffered two fractures in his hand during his NFL career.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman also missed a portion of Wednesday’s practice after sustaining a groin strain on Tuesday.

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73 Responses to “Niners fear “slight fracture” in hand for Patrick Willis”
  1. mnmarine0351 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:28 AM

    Alot of injuries already this year. Glad to hear this one appears to be minor

  2. cali49er707 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:29 AM

    Son of a bi+©π!!!

  3. jimmyt says: Aug 1, 2013 8:29 AM

    A “slight fracture” is kinda like “minor surgery”. As long as it’s not you.

  4. dg0122 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:31 AM

    Didn’t he play half his college career with a giant club on one hand or the other?

  5. ebr362 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:34 AM

    Damn, I dont remember a start of training camps in the NFL with so many injuries.

  6. tukai9248 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:41 AM

    Reports are coming in that this injury was sustained when he ran into Riley Cooper at a Kenny Chesney concert

  7. knowerofallthings says: Aug 1, 2013 8:41 AM

    tape it up, rub some dirt on it and get back out there

  8. n0hopeleft says: Aug 1, 2013 8:44 AM

    The wheels are falling off.

  9. norcalmafia says: Aug 1, 2013 8:48 AM

    Hey Seahawk fans..We ran out of room in candlestick to hang our championship banners and retired jersey numbers..Can we start to hang them in your building since all you guys have is that #12 jersey? We figure there is plenty of room…Thanks ladies

  10. ccjcsr says: Aug 1, 2013 8:49 AM

    Dude is a beast, won’t matter to him.

  11. hendeeze says: Aug 1, 2013 8:52 AM

    The only thing scarier than Patrick Willis, is Patrick Willis with a club

  12. waxthat says: Aug 1, 2013 8:52 AM

    Dude can play with one arm and be better than half the backers in the league. Get well soon, Pat.

  13. fintastic13 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:54 AM

    As a Fins fan who wanted to draft Willis instead of “Ted Ginn’s family,” I hope it’s nothing serious.

  14. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 1, 2013 9:03 AM

    We LOL at those with the criminal, PED, and injury bugs.

  15. bert1913 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:12 AM

    I hope the niners go undefeated this year. Then we won’t have to hear their coach and fans whine about “how they beat themselves”

  16. michaeljacksonisback says: Aug 1, 2013 9:14 AM

    Rams nation hopes this isn’t serious! Lets Hope for two healthy teams when they go to war!

  17. ill42 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:22 AM

    “Damn, I dont remember a start of training camps in the NFL with so many injuries.”

    Except for every single year

  18. officialgame says: Aug 1, 2013 9:24 AM

    Never heard of a slight fracture? You either have a fracture in your bone or you don’t.

  19. hofsizzle says: Aug 1, 2013 9:27 AM

    Well, I guess there goes my strength training with Patrick Willis. Stupid Visa.

  20. scoops1 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:29 AM

    would be nice if he is out Week 1

  21. ceosmind4432012 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:34 AM

    The super bowl winning Ravens starting inside linebacker played with two broken hands wrapped in casts… The cry baby Niners can learn from the champs

    PS he also picked off Tom Brady wearing those casts

  22. largent80 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:34 AM

    Hope it’s nothing serious. As a Hawks fan, I prefer the opposition to be at 100% so that if we beat you guys, we don’t have to hear a litany of excuses.

  23. mnmarine0351 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:34 AM

    If you can suit up and get back on the field quickly then id classify that as a minor injury. Not a 9ers fan but this guy makes the game better, and id be very surprized if he were to let this keep him off the field long

  24. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:40 AM

    Damn. injuries are rampant throughout the league this year. That’s why if your a fan of a rival team, it would behoove you to not talk trash about the other ball club because it will be your team eventually.

  25. jt38 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:48 AM

    He’s not a receiver, he’s a linebacker. Club it up and get back out there

  26. Iknoweverything says: Aug 1, 2013 9:49 AM

    Soft.

    Seahawks own the division.
    Keep living in the past WHiners.
    the 80’s were a good time huh?

  27. ozymandias121 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:49 AM

    OHHHH NOOOOOO…..It’s not like he didn’t play with a hand cast before…… :(

  28. osiris33 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:56 AM

    Really? You haven’t had anything to hang in that giant piss-pot known as Candlestick Park since way back in the last century. I’ve been there. There’s plenty of room next to the mural of Colin Kaepernick panicking and throwing the ball 5 yards out of bounds on 4th down in the Super Bowl.

  29. spthegr8 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:58 AM

    If you think a fracture in his hand is gonna stop #52, than you are sorely mistaken. Pat is a BEAST!!!! He’ll play thru it!! It’s what he does!!

  30. mjs2012 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:01 AM

    I will never cheer for injuries, but as a Packers fan, it’s about time the injury bug hits other teams for once.

  31. tombradyswig says: Aug 1, 2013 10:03 AM

    Curse of Nnamdi!!!
    Every team he’s been on SUCKS! This will continue!

  32. grindhousegazette says: Aug 1, 2013 10:05 AM

    Is anyone from SF or Seattle going to be healthy by seasons end? Both teams stocked up and looked like locks to make the postseason, but they’re both losing players left and right it seems.

    @grindhousegaz

  33. norcalmafia says: Aug 1, 2013 10:28 AM

    Seattle in native american means “almost” or “mediocre/boring”

  34. 9ereddie says: Aug 1, 2013 10:38 AM

    @norcalmafia… grow up already!!

  35. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 1, 2013 10:38 AM

    norcalmafia says:
    Aug 1, 2013 8:48 AM
    Hey Seahawk fans..We ran out of room in candlestick to hang our championship banners and retired jersey numbers..Can we start to hang them in your building since all you guys have is that #12 jersey? We figure there is plenty of room…Thanks ladies
    _____________________________

    Thanks…. I just had coffe come out my nose on that one ROFL…

  36. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 1, 2013 10:39 AM

    Is anyone else hypnotized looking at those gloves??

  37. albinorhino49 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:43 AM

    Oh…so he is going back to his old fundamentals of football. Bam, Bam!

  38. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 1, 2013 10:43 AM

    It was so simple last year.

    Good team, new QB that no one had film on.
    Surprises left and right. Only one major injury.

    Things have a tendency to change when you lose a Superbowl though, and it’s even more difficult to make it back the next year.

    I’ll keep repeating it because it’s fact and it’s recent history.

    The last time that a Superbowl loser returned to the Superbowl the following year without the aid of spygate was 1998. That’s 15 years for you San Fran fans.

    Good luck.

  39. 737driver69 says: Aug 1, 2013 10:44 AM

    Granting Willis is one of the best in the league at his position, I still cant see how he can tackle effectively without having two fully functioning hands…..Broncos are definitely been bitten by the injury bug this season…

  40. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Aug 1, 2013 10:55 AM

    We LOL at those with the criminal, PED, and injury bugs.

    ————————–

    a pittsburgh steeler fan LOLing at other teams with “criminal” bugs….

    yeah ok *rollseyes* *cough*rapistQB*cough*

    but hey, thanks for keeping seattle and zona ringless at least, (even though those 2 rings should really only count as 1 if we’re talking about y’alls 6…coming as they did against the “NFC-Worst” during those years)

  41. waxthat says: Aug 1, 2013 11:03 AM

    ceosmind4432012 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 9:34 AM
    The super bowl winning Ravens starting inside linebacker played with two broken hands wrapped in casts… The cry baby Niners can learn from the champs

    PS he also picked off Tom Brady wearing those casts
    __________________________________

    deer antler spray.

  42. jiggy3198 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:45 AM

    Waxthat he wasn’t talking about Ray Lewis he was talking about Darnell ellerbe.

  43. dennisatunity says: Aug 1, 2013 11:45 AM

    I’m a Seahawks fan and we don’t cheer for the injuries of others. We want him to recover completely and be 100% soon.

    And while it’s true that the better the 49ers are, the better the Seahawks are; and the better the ‘Hawks are, the better the Niners are–while that’s true, that’s not the real reason. The main reason is that good people aren’t pleased about the injuries of others.

  44. seattlecoug says: Aug 1, 2013 11:46 AM

    norcalmafia says:
    Aug 1, 2013 8:48 AM
    Hey Seahawk fans..We ran out of room in candlestick to hang our championship banners and retired jersey numbers..Can we start to hang them in your building since all you guys have is that #12 jersey? We figure there is plenty of room…Thanks ladies

    __________________________________

    This post SCREAMS of fear. The 49ers haven’t won anything in 20 years and probably 40 pounds ago for you….. but yeah, keep talking about banners that were hung before your current players were born.

    Don’t worry, week 2 will come soon enough. It’s only 1 game, but it’s a game that the Hawks will absolutely DOMINATE.

  45. themackstrong says: Aug 1, 2013 11:51 AM

    Hate the 49ers but Patrick Willis is one of those hard working, no nonsense elite players you love to watch on the field. I know a small fracture means he will still be out there just wish he was 100 %. No matter what club you follow, fans need to stop cheering other teams injuries. It is truly pathetic.

  46. 209erfan says: Aug 1, 2013 11:54 AM

    The last time Willis played with a cast on his hand he lead the league in ta tackles and had a couple int’s … Oh and he also won the defensive rookie of the year award … so with that being said I think things are gona be just fine

  47. ceosmind4432012 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:05 PM

    waxthat says:
    Aug 1, 2013 11:03 AM
    ceosmind4432012 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 9:34 AM
    The super bowl winning Ravens starting inside linebacker played with two broken hands wrapped in casts… The cry baby Niners can learn from the champs

    PS he also picked off Tom Brady wearing those casts
    __________________________________

    deer antler spray.
    ___________________________________

    Dannell Ellerbe his who in referring to.

    Deer antler spray guy is who Willis and every other LB is mimicking

  48. mjzaky says: Aug 1, 2013 12:13 PM

    Lol @ the guy who thinks he speaks for ‘Rams Nation’. I’m sure the Rams themselves would prefer if Patrick Willis never lined up against them ever again, actually.

    As a fan of the game though I hope he heals up quickly – best LB currently in the NFL, already better than Ray Lewis ever was, and it isn’t even close.

    – A Giants fan

  49. mjzaky says: Aug 1, 2013 12:25 PM

    Agree with @themackstrong. Cheering injuries is just wrong. These aren’t characters in a video game, they are men with families to support and careers at stake.

  50. cospgsmadman says: Aug 1, 2013 12:33 PM

    Not a 9ers fan but he will be my first pick in our fantasy football league. Best LB in the NFL. Get well soon Mr.Willis

  51. cospgsmadman says: Aug 1, 2013 12:34 PM

    My first defensive player anyway

  52. 49erforlife says: Aug 1, 2013 12:39 PM

    norcalmafia says:
    Aug 1, 2013 8:48 AM

    Hey Seahawk fans..We ran out of room in candlestick to hang our championship banners and retired jersey numbers..

    then…

    Seattle in native american means “almost” or “mediocre/boring”

    ===================================
    I keep saying this and now others are saying it too. Grow up and stop embarrassing the Niners Nation. Your childish remarks reek of immaturity.

    Sincerely,
    True Niners Fans

  53. bullcharger says: Aug 1, 2013 12:41 PM

    Starting to see the signs of what happens to the Super Bowl loser. Injuries from playing deep into the playoffs the year prior. There’s a reason why the Super Bowl loser hasn’t won the next Super Bowl since 1971-1972. It’s not impossible, but the odds are very low.

  54. billhicks666 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:44 PM

    youarejealousof6rings says:

    “We LOL at those with the criminal, PED, and injury bugs.”

    I do too. I laugh at Ben Roethlisberger everyday.

  55. jayniner says: Aug 1, 2013 12:55 PM

    UPDATE: X-rays revealed that Willis suffered a slight right hand fracture, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who added that Willis should be ready for the regular season. Disaster avoided in San Francisco.

    Thank god!

  56. norcalmafia says: Aug 1, 2013 12:59 PM

    Havent had to hang any banners in 20 years? Well we just added NFC West champs the last two years and NFC Conf champs…What has Seattle added? A guiness book record for stadium noise?…….haha what a bunch of posers!!

  57. malab377 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:01 PM

    With all the injuries in SF, better buy a practice squad jersey cause at this pace these guys will play the entire season!

  58. citynative says: Aug 1, 2013 1:08 PM

    @norcalmafia

    From the Niner Empire, please stop posting.

  59. seatownballers says: Aug 1, 2013 1:15 PM

    Norcalmafia doesn’t realize that fellow niners fans are ashamed of you, and how you make them look.
    By the way, you were really quiet after the superbowl loss. Your just now back on pft?

  60. goldrush36 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:23 PM

    Not defending Norcalmafia in the least but true fans also don’t say Niners nation either.. its EMPIRE

  61. mjzaky says: Aug 1, 2013 1:30 PM

    Please @goldrush. Empires are conquered, the Niners haven’t won anything significant in years. Plus your emperor wears enemy colors and poses naked for magazines.

    I’ll take SB rings and Eli Manning fully dressed instead. Go Giants!

  62. seahawkjon says: Aug 1, 2013 1:36 PM

    well..I hope he gets well soon

  63. tramonisland says: Aug 1, 2013 1:44 PM

    Better hope it’s not the scaphoid bone.

  64. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:46 PM

    Truth be told, I wouldn’t mind if a mild staff infection kept him out for the first game of the season.

    Is that so wrong?

  65. theuglitruth says: Aug 1, 2013 1:58 PM

    Damn….lot of injuries for the 9ers & Hawks.

  66. jayniner says: Aug 1, 2013 1:58 PM

    @filthymcnasty1

    Ha Ha! Considering what the Niners have done to GB the past 2 playoff games and the regular season game last year, we can’t blame you for wanting that…..

    FYI…it’s staph infection. But maybe you were hoping the whole staff gets an infection so none of the starters play week 1?

  67. thesportgenius says: Aug 1, 2013 2:05 PM

    So he misses a few pre season games, no big deal. Dude is a warrior and will be ready for week 1. Pre season is a waste of time anyway.

  68. raqaiw says: Aug 1, 2013 3:07 PM

    mjzaky says: Aug 1, 2013 12:13 PM

    Lol @ the guy who thinks he speaks for ‘Rams Nation’. I’m sure the Rams themselves would prefer if Patrick Willis never lined up against them ever again, actually.

    As a fan of the game though I hope he heals up quickly – best LB currently in the NFL, already better than Ray Lewis ever was, and it isn’t even close.

    – A Giants fan
    _______________________________________________________________
    Slow down there Chief. Willis isawesome,no doubt,but he isn’t 52 in his prime. Your beloved Giants put up exactly 0 points on offense against 52 and that defense;very nearly a shutout in the SB except for a timely KO TD. You must still be salty. It was 13 years ago dude,time to move on.

  69. citynative says: Aug 1, 2013 3:48 PM

    @mjzaky

    Just an FYI. The Raiders fan base was the first to call themselves Raider Nation. Years ago, to counter, the Niner fans started to call themselves the Niner Empire. One day ESPN will probably call it the Yankee/Red Sox Empire and rip it from us just the way “nation” has been ripped/copied from the Raiders.

  70. mjzaky says: Aug 1, 2013 3:58 PM

    @raqaiw

    I stand by what I said. I am still bitter about that Super Bowl but what fan wouldn’t be?

    I can be objective about it though – and I truly believe Patrick Willis is already a better LB than Ray Lewis ever was.

    I also appreciate the fact that he isn’t a murderer like old Ray Ray. Just sayin.

  71. seattlecoug says: Aug 1, 2013 4:34 PM

    norcalmafia says:
    Aug 1, 2013 12:59 PM
    Havent had to hang any banners in 20 years? Well we just added NFC West champs the last two years and NFC Conf champs…What has Seattle added? A guiness book record for stadium noise?…….haha what a bunch of posers!!

    _________________________________

    You must be about 13 years old which is odd since you look back on rings over 20 years ago. What has Seattle done?

    NFC West Champs – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
    Wild Card – 2003, 2012
    NFC Champs – 2005

    That is 5 division titles in 10 years and 7 total playoff appearances in 10 years. I would agree that a Super Bowl title is lacking, but to say the Seahawks haven’t done anything is pretty stupid.

  72. raqaiw says: Aug 1, 2013 8:23 PM

    mjzaky says: Aug 1, 2013 3:58 PM

    @raqaiw

    I stand by what I said. I am still bitter about that Super Bowl but what fan wouldn’t be?

    I can be objective about it though – and I truly believe Patrick Willis is already a better LB than Ray Lewis ever was.

    I also appreciate the fact that he isn’t a murderer like old Ray Ray. Just sayin.
    _____________________________________
    Willis has played 6 seasons, so I went back and compared Willis’ career to Lewis’ first 6 years. As per profootballreference.com:

    Tackles: Willis – 630 Lewis – 704 Advantage: Lewis
    Sacks: Willis -17.5 Lewis – 19.5 Advantage: Lewis
    INTs: Willis – 7 Lewis – 12 Advantage: Lewis
    FF: Willis – 14 Lewis – 3 Advantage: Willis

    You say you can look at it “objectively”. The numbers favor Lewis. Also, by the time Lewis had played 6 seasons he was the NFL Alumni LB of the Year, AFC DPOY twice,NFL DPOY,SB35 MVP, 3x first team all-pro, and 5 time pro bowler. Willis has never been NFC or NFL DPOY and wouldn’t have been SB47 MVP even if they had won. He has been a 6 time pro bowler and 3 time NFL ALumni LB of the Year. Lastly, neither player was ever convicted of murder. You might want to check your facts(or lack thereof).

  73. 49erlifer says: Aug 3, 2013 2:06 AM

    willis should have won defensive player of the year his rookie year but it was stole by bob sanders compare for yourself he was robbed but niners were bad that year

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