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Jim Harbaugh thinks Patrick Willis will play Sunday

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It’s been just about a month since 49ers linebacker had surgery to repair a slight fracture in his right hand, an injury that kept him out of the entire preseason.

Willis has resumed practicing and coach Jim Harbaugh said at his press conference Wednesday that he thinks Willis will be on the field when the Packers roll into Candlestick to kick off the 2013 season for both clubs. Harbaugh said that it was possible that Willis would wear a cast on the hand to protect it from further injury, something that shouldn’t cause him much trouble.

Willis has played with broken bones in his hand more than once over the course of his career and there shouldn’t be too much lost from his ability to make plays as long as he’s able to handle any pain that might come up during the game. He said Wednesday that he wasn’t going to let it affect him and said that there are no excuses for anything less than a strong performance if he is on the field on Sunday.

Anyone who has seen the 49ers in the last few years is well aware of how important Willis is to the defense. His presence in Week One would be a very good development for the  defense.

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20 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh thinks Patrick Willis will play Sunday”
  1. longonexperience says: Sep 4, 2013 3:41 PM

    Time for Seahawk fans to make stupid comments!

  2. woodsidegil says: Sep 4, 2013 3:41 PM

    Hope he can go. Good guy and a beast.

  3. sactown9er916 says: Sep 4, 2013 3:45 PM

    Don’t want to cause permanent damage to the hand but to say he would be a plus to the gameplan against Rodgers would be an understatement.

  4. thepftpoet says: Sep 4, 2013 3:46 PM

    You mine as well bench him and save him for an actual important game vs a good team, the Packers will be a cake walk..

  5. mattsffrd says: Sep 4, 2013 3:46 PM

    Even with one hand he’s still the best ILB in the league

  6. thepftpoet says: Sep 4, 2013 3:46 PM

    My left toe could be the starting LT on the depleted Packers offensive line

  7. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Sep 4, 2013 3:46 PM

    Yeah but…did Jim say whether he was the long-term answer at Linebacker?

  8. gosfvr says: Sep 4, 2013 3:48 PM

    This is a knee jerk statement

    “Anyone who has seen the 49ers in the last few years is well aware of how important Willis is to the defense”

    Yes Willis is an all-universe player, but the niners survived his absence for 3 or 4 games in 2011.

    Justin Smith – totally different story

  9. mrpolarbear99 says: Sep 4, 2013 3:58 PM

    13-6.

    Last time the Seahawks visited Candlestick.

  10. dstep24 says: Sep 4, 2013 3:59 PM

    Hey Patrick,

    Just don’t fire a gun or break a teammates face with a bottle between now and Sunday, and you should be fine.

    kthxbye

    Sincerely

    Coach “Above Reproach” Harbaugh

  11. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:03 PM

    Forward march, the Quest for Six continues!

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  12. dstep24 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:09 PM

    mrpolarbear99 says:
    Sep 4, 2013 3:58 PM
    13-6.

    Last time the Seahawks visited Candlestick.

    ________________

    Oh so you went in to hibernation last December, then? Got it.

  13. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 4, 2013 4:09 PM

    I hope he’s healthy in time for Lynch to run over him.

  14. dirtysouthniner says: Sep 4, 2013 4:18 PM

    Our whole team was hibernating that game lol. .

  15. dirtysouthniner says: Sep 4, 2013 4:19 PM

    Lynch better watch out for” the club”

  16. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 4, 2013 4:32 PM

    Really, is there anything better than the concussive sound of pads when Willis and Lynch blast into each other? If your a football fan, you have to love those moments. I’ll never wish a division rival good luck, but I do wish you guys good health. Win, lose or draw…it’s better when you play against the best and that’s what #52 is.

  17. youngdru88 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:33 PM

    Jim also “thinks” the niners have 5 “#1″ receivers

  18. leroysbutler says: Sep 4, 2013 4:52 PM

    Super Bowl losers don’t make the playoffs.

  19. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 4, 2013 5:11 PM

    I’m just glad he and all niners and their fans alike are above reproach.

  20. chi01town says: Sep 4, 2013 6:43 PM

    The 49ers will expose green bay for the rest of the league.

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