Patrick Willis out again for 49ers

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The 49ers will have to try to stay ahead of the Saints in the race for a first round bye without the help of Patrick Willis.

Willis is out for the third straight game with a hamstring injury, leaving the Niners without their defensive leader in Seattle on Sunday afternoon. Reports from San Francisco said that Willis looked good in warmups, but the Niners obviously went a cautious route with a player they will need to make noise come playoff time. They’ve won two of three without Willis in the lineup.

Ted Ginn, also listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, is also inactive for the NFC West champs. Braylon Edwards is active and will likely play a big role on offense. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin, questionable with an ankle injury, will play for the Seahawks.