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Report: Patrick Willis had hand surgery

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49ers linebacker Patrick Willis suffered a slight fracture in his right hand last week, an injury that was not expected to force him to miss any time in the regular season.

At the time, there was no word about what kind of rehab process Willis would have to undergo in order to return to the field, but the picture got a little clearer on Monday. Mike Sando of ESPN.com reports that Willis underwent surgery on his hand to help repair the injury.

There’s no change to the timeline for his return as he’s still expected to miss a few weeks before returning in time to play in the season opener. He may not wind up playing in any preseason games, although that probably was the case without any surgery given how meaningless the games are for a veteran as meaningful to the Niners defense as Willis, who has played with broken bones in his hand in the past.

As long as the prognosis remains the same for Willis, there’s a good chance no one even remembers the injury by the time October rolls around.

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29 Responses to “Report: Patrick Willis had hand surgery”
  1. buckhuckster says: Aug 5, 2013 3:25 PM

    That’s going to suck during his alone time…..unless he’s a lefty.

  2. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 5, 2013 3:32 PM

    The NFC is soft.

  3. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 5, 2013 3:32 PM

    Karma for all the 49ers fans classlessly cheering Percy Harvin’s surgery.

  4. norcalmafia says: Aug 5, 2013 3:34 PM

    One handed he could still run down and tackle A.P……Not a problem…

  5. boyshole25 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:41 PM

    Dudes a beast he won’t even be affected by it

  6. joey49er says: Aug 5, 2013 3:41 PM

    Willis with one hand is better than anyone on seattle with 2 hands!!!lol…..gooooo 49ers

  7. jayhawk777 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:42 PM

    Actually, what sucks more is if you’re a whiner fan and

    1. You look at the depth chart for the secondary and the diagram has a shot of “burnt toast”.

    2. You look at the depth chart at WR, realize it’s weal and see a shot of Moe, Curly and Larry.

    With the lack of talent, Kaep better be Houdini or whiners won’t escape eith more than 9 wins.

  8. justintuckrule says: Aug 5, 2013 4:03 PM

    I wish my entire team broke a bone in their hand. This way, they could miss the dopey preseason and its ever-present risk of ACL tears and be ready for game 1.

  9. norcalmafia says: Aug 5, 2013 4:06 PM

    Go to China or any country around the world and ask somebody where SF is …
    Then ask them where Seattle is
    Go to any country and ask who the 49ers are
    Then ask who the Seahawks are….

    It must suck always living in a shadow..

  10. seahawkjon says: Aug 5, 2013 4:08 PM

    sucks for the niners..we want them at full strength..patrick willis is stud

  11. 49erstim says: Aug 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    Lol @ jayhawk and aaroncurryisabust….. your trash talk is worse than your teams odds at passing a PED screening.

  12. dedicatedhawkfan says: Aug 5, 2013 4:20 PM

    norcalmafia says: Aug 5, 2013 4:06 PM

    Go to China or any country around the world and ask somebody where SF is …
    Then ask them where Seattle is
    Go to any country and ask who the 49ers are
    Then ask who the Seahawks are….

    It must suck always living in a shadow..
    ___________________________________
    And exactly how does this pertain to ANYTHING in this article? y’all say that Seahawk fans are obsessed with the 49ers but appears the reality is that ya’ll can’t help but mention the Seahawks.

    I love the rivalry between our teams and hate it when every article about one team becomes a forum for slamming the other. Let’s save it for the field.

  13. seatownballers says: Aug 5, 2013 4:20 PM

    It’s a misunderstanding. Seahawks respect the niners, we just despise their fans.
    (They are on posts talking trash about our team, when every article is about another injury on their team)

  14. gcbean says: Aug 5, 2013 4:24 PM

    Geez, all the bandwagon Hawk fans are out in full force these days. When was the last time you guys won a SB? I give it to the end of the season and you guys will all be hiding in shame, hoping your #3 jersey will sell on ebay.

  15. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 5, 2013 4:24 PM

    The 49ers biggest concern is that scrap heap of WRs they have behind Boldin. If the 49er WR corps was a car lot you all would be looking at a bunch of broken down pintos and VW Bugs.

  16. arrruserious says: Aug 5, 2013 4:26 PM

    norcalmafia says:Aug 5, 2013 4:06 PM

    Go to China or any country around the world and ask somebody where SF is …
    Then ask them where Seattle is
    Go to any country and ask who the 49ers are
    Then ask who the Seahawks are….

    It must suck always living in a shadow..
    ———————————————–

    Don’t you mean Santa Clara?

  17. norcalmafia says: Aug 5, 2013 4:47 PM

    I know its hard for you cow town seattle fans to understand but theres this thing called a metro area where tons of cities are surrounding eachother…even then go around the world and I still bet more people know where Santa Clara is then Seattle….

    now run along Seacluck fans theres a huge sale at camping world on hiking boots and flannels

  18. dirtysouthniner says: Aug 5, 2013 5:08 PM

    I’m from maui and have some seahawk fan friends. Doesn’t bother us at all. What’s the big deal, nothing we say will change the outcome of the game. USA USA USA.

  19. whatwhat2013 says: Aug 5, 2013 5:10 PM

    I’m a Seahawk fan, and I don’t see this affecting the 49ers in any way. He played with a broken hand before. It’s just that PFT likes to report anything that happens to any player. At first, I thought that this preseason has an extraordinary amount of injuries, but now I see it’s just the internet age of reporting.

  20. ninersdomanation says: Aug 5, 2013 5:25 PM

    Patrick willis is the best linebacker in all football and the niners will be the best, how many rings!?! That’s right 7!!! Lets win 8!!!

  21. northbynw27 says: Aug 5, 2013 5:36 PM

    norcalmafia you seem to be a little obsessed with a city/organisation that you are fighting so hard to not pay attention to.

    Go to any city around the globe and when they think of San Francisco the first thing they think of is the fruity parades you throw every year.

  22. ninerman78 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:15 PM

    I have never seen any Niner fan cheer for an injured player. The seahawk fans that say we cheered when Harvin went down, are wrong. injuries suck no matter what team you represent

  23. northbynw27 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:34 PM

    ninerman78 I thoroughly invite you to comb through these postings regarding Harvin’s injury. Sure most of them were childish MN fans, but a very healthy amount were snide comments by Santa Clara 49ers fans.

  24. niner13 says: Aug 5, 2013 7:04 PM

    Most of the comments re Harvin’s injury came after Niner fans heard enough chirpin’ from Seattle fans re Crabtree’ injury. So let’s call a truce on negative posts re injuries. Civility, please.

  25. dedicatedhawkfan says: Aug 5, 2013 9:17 PM

    norcalmafia says: “… now run along Seacluck fans theres a huge sale at camping world on hiking boots and flannels”

    norclamafia I hear there is a special on spelling and grammar at Sylvan’s

  26. blvckhvwks says: Aug 5, 2013 11:16 PM

    norcalmafia says: Aug 5, 2013 4:06 PM

    Go to China or any country around the world and ask somebody where SF is …
    Then ask them where Seattle is
    ______________________________________

    That’s because SF was to China, what the south was to Africa. Being a Chicago native who’s lived in both cities I can say without question, Seattle > SF. SF is better at being covered in bum feces, Seattle’s just better at everything else.

  27. blvckhvwks says: Aug 5, 2013 11:21 PM

    niner13 says: Aug 5, 2013 7:04 PM

    Most of the comments re Harvin’s injury came after Niner fans heard enough chirpin’ from Seattle fans re Crabtree’ injury. So let’s call a truce on negative posts re injuries. Civility, please.
    ______________________________________

    Clearly you weren’t around. 9er fans were dancing in the streets when Harvin got injured. I saw nothing but well wishes from Hawk fans when Crabs got hurt. Hell even after Culliver’s injury they were civil and that guys a total douche. Compare the Harvin comments to the Crabtree comments, the results may shock you. Not the rest of us, just you 9er fans.

  28. sf5timesbchamps says: Aug 5, 2013 11:30 PM

    When u r the best backer and the league and have been 2 the pro bowl every year since being drafted I don’t think missing the rest of training camp will hurt

  29. jayniner says: Aug 7, 2013 3:43 PM

    Harbaugh is better than I thought at keeping his cards close to the vest…..let’s hope Willis’ injury isn’t more serious than we’re hearing, considering when the first we heard about it it was only a slight fracture….

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