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Report: Willis has fractured hand

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The 49ers feared that linebacker Patrick Willis suffered a “slight fracture” of his right hand when he injured it during Wednesday’s practice.  X-rays taken on Thursday reportedly proved them correct.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that those X-rays confirmed the 49ers’ suspicions about the preliminary diagnosis. Per Mortensen, the team will “proceed with caution” when it comes to Willis’ recovery and eventual return to the field.  The linebacker is expected to be back in time to play in the season opener.

Willis has suffered breaks in his right hand two other times in his NFL career, neither of which interfered with his run of six Pro Bowl selections in six seasons. He also played part of a season in college with a cast on his hand, so he’s experienced with playing that way should it be necessary to protect himself.

The 49ers were also without linebacker NaVorro Bowman for part of Wednesday’s practice after he suffered a groin strain earlier this week.

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38 Responses to “Report: Willis has fractured hand”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Aug 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    The best Middle linebacker in professional football goes by the name of London Fletcher and it’s not even close. #BurgundyandGoldStandard

  2. raiderufan says: Aug 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    Can we get this man some sort of padded glove?

  3. pnut87 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:19 PM

    Somehow, I don’t think this will be a problem, but it will be treated as such because the 49ers are popular again.

  4. kennykenken8 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:20 PM

    He will be back by Week 1, he has played with a hand injury before.

  5. kane337 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:21 PM

    The post Super Bowl hangover continues…

  6. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:21 PM

    There’s nothing good about this.

    #go hawks

  7. truninerfan49 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:23 PM

    This is starting to get concerning. This is his 3rd broken hand in 7 years. The training staff is going to have to come up with a special padded glove or something.

  8. whatnojets says: Aug 1, 2013 2:24 PM

    Let’s all clap our hands and wish him the best!!!!

  9. mengland629 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:26 PM

    London Fletcher is a great middle lb and very underrated, I have seen a lot of him as a Cowboy’s fan, but he isn’t better in my opinion than Willis. Not even close honestly

  10. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 1, 2013 2:27 PM

    Karma for 49ers excitedly celebrating Percy Harvin’s injury, especially when Willis further aggravates it and eventually misses significant time.

  11. mikeymurda says: Aug 1, 2013 2:27 PM

    Bam Bam is Back!!!

  12. sbchampsagain says: Aug 1, 2013 2:28 PM

    Well at least he still has one good hand to hold Ray Lewis’ Jock!

  13. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 1, 2013 2:28 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:Aug 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    The best Middle linebacker in professional football goes by the name of London Fletcher and it’s not even close. #BurgundyandGoldStandard

    *********************************

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    The really funny part is he got 4 thumbs up with a statement that Willis isn’t even close to Fletcher.

  14. micknangold says: Aug 1, 2013 2:30 PM

    All this means is Willis has a club to hit his opponents with now.

  15. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 1, 2013 2:30 PM

    LMAO!! LOLOLOLOL

  16. ravensrooster94 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:30 PM

    raiderufan says: Aug 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    Can we get this man some sort of padded glove?
    _________________

    We’ll get Willis a padded glove. In the meantime, we need to get logicalvoicesays (see above) a padded room.

  17. truninerfan49 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:31 PM

    @aaroncurryisbust

    Trust me, true 49er fans aren’t celebrating Harvins injury. We have lost 2 of our best players to injury, so we feel your pain trust me. But, I can’t speak for the bandwagon fans and trolls.

  18. baltimoremikeg says: Aug 1, 2013 2:31 PM

    Get some deer antler spray on that ASAP.

  19. whatnojets says: Aug 1, 2013 2:34 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:Aug 1, 2013 2:18 PM

    The best Middle East linebacker in professional football goes by the name of London Fletcher and it’s not even close. #BurgundyandGoldStandard
    ———————————————

    Huh??? Middle East?? Since when do they football???

  20. nvpacker says: Aug 1, 2013 2:34 PM

    Sure it will be fine until BIG Eddie Lacy falls on it in the season opener

  21. japadacktle49 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:37 PM

    Oh boy he’s back on 9er posts really clown London Fletcher? Try the best two in the league Willis and Bowman and its not even close!

  22. seatownballers says: Aug 1, 2013 2:41 PM

    This is all norcalmafia’s fault. His posts angered willis so much, that he punched a wall.

    But really willis, get well soon. Seahawks love playing against that top rated defense.
    -best division in football
    -best “current” rivalry in the nfl

  23. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 1, 2013 2:47 PM

    It’s starting to look like the two preseason championship teams, the Seahags and the Niners, are falling apart.
    I guess it just goes to show how stupid it is to preordain champions.
    I never like to see anyone get injured but the fact that the two most insufferable coaches in the league are sweating right now makes me smile.

  24. dryzzt23 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:47 PM

    What next? You fools will try to say that Willis is better than all-time greats like Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke, and Jack Lambert.

    P.S. don’t even try it b/c Willis is, and always will be, never even close to the best ever.

  25. 49erstim says: Aug 1, 2013 2:49 PM

    @aaroncurryisbust….. really dude? Grow up a little. I’ve read those articles about Harvin and don’t recall a lot of people being excited that he was hurt. People called him injury prone. That’s it. How’s that moral highground feel? I guess you really wouldn’t know. Keep ccelebrating another human being getting hurt dummy.

  26. schmitty2 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:56 PM

    I actually am more concerned with Bowman’s groin strain. Those types of injuries can linger for awhile.

  27. mrwalterisgod says: Aug 1, 2013 3:01 PM

    That sucks. We need him healthy so Jim Harbaugh doesn’t have any excuses for losing.

  28. purpleguy says: Aug 1, 2013 3:01 PM

    Is this the same guy that bonked his fellow defensive player on the head with a beer bottle when he tried to stop him from driving drunk? If so, I hope his hand hurts like hell.

  29. 49erlifer says: Aug 1, 2013 3:09 PM

    time to bring back the club like at ole miss days

  30. truninerfan49 says: Aug 1, 2013 3:31 PM

    @purpleguy

    That was Ahmad Brooks, but nice try anyways

  31. 49erstim says: Aug 1, 2013 3:34 PM

    @purpleguy…… please learn to read….. somebody please read that last comment to him please.

  32. thefox61 says: Aug 1, 2013 3:39 PM

    Not an issue. He’s one tough SOB. His whole hand would have to hanging by just the tendons before he’d even think about missing a game especially week 2 and even then he’d probably slap some tape on it and go!

    Go Seahawks!

  33. kleppnasty says: Aug 1, 2013 3:43 PM

    @purpleguy

    Really? Are you new to football? How would you possibly not know who Willis is? I understand they’re on the same team, but confusing Willis with Brooks would be like confusing Ray Lewis with Paul Kruger or Jared Allen with Everson Griffen.

  34. sourdoughsam says: Aug 1, 2013 3:44 PM

    This didn’t require 3 separate posts. It really isn’t a big deal. If he were a back or a receiver, it would be an issue.

  35. niner13 says: Aug 1, 2013 3:53 PM

    Willis does with one hand what Fletcher and others do with two.

  36. zenrooster says: Aug 1, 2013 3:58 PM

    Its going to hurt even more when he hits you with that cast on!

  37. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 1, 2013 4:05 PM

    mrwalterisgod says:
    Aug 1, 2013 3:01 PM
    That sucks. We need him healthy so Jim Harbaugh doesn’t have any excuses for losing.
    __________________________________

    Don’t worry, Jimmy always finds an excuse.

  38. calicowboysfan86 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:14 PM

    Get well P Willis! I love watching this guy play. Best middle linebacker duo in the league. Not my team but you can’t hate good football.

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