The 49ers hoped to have linebacker Patrick Willis back for last weekend’s game against the Rams, but his toe wasn’t feeling well enough to get the green light.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Thursday that the injury is taking longer to heal than the team expected, leaving the team without a clear idea about whether Willis, who didn’t practice on Wednesday, will be able to play in New Orleans this weekend.
“I don’t think he suffered a setback, it just hasn’t gotten much better,” Fangio said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “It’s questionable. As the week rolls on, if he doesn’t start practicing at some point, it starts moving to doubtful.”
Chris Borland started in place of Willis the last two games and made 18 tackles in San Francisco’s 13-10 loss to the Rams. Fangio said Borland got better from his first start to the second and he expects to see more improvement the more Borland is on the field.
Fangio also called defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey “50/50” to make his 2014 debut and said he was hopeful that cornerback Tramaine Brock can play after missing last week’s game with a toe injury.