The injury bug, which has already plagued many of the 49er’s wide receivers this season, has now officially hit the linebacking crew.
Not only has NaVarro Bowman been hampered by a bad leg already, now one of his teammates has a bad hand.
Specifically, it hit All-Pro inside linebacker Patrick Willis during full contact drills yesterday. According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, he collided with fullback Bruce Miller during blitz-pick drills.
After showing signs of discomfort, Willis was looked at by team doctors and had his hand wrapped. He sat out the rest of yesterday’s practice after the incident.
Earlier this morning ESPN’s Chris Mortensen broke the news via twitter that x-rays revealed Willis does have a slight fracture. Good news is, he should be ready for week one, when the team faces the the Green Bay Packers in the final season opener at Candlestick Park.
For those who do not remember, Willis has had previous troubles with his right hand which has already been broken twice during his NFL career. It did not seem to affect him, however, as he registered a league-best 174 tackles in 2007 and ranked 10th with 128 tackles in 2010. Given that he has enough time to recover, we should expect nothing different this season.