Patrick Willis expected back by Week 1 after hand surgery


Good news on the Patrick Willis injury front. As expected, the 49ers star linebacker should be back in time for the start of the season after breaking his right hand last week in practice.

Willis reportedly did undergo surgery recently on the hand, however, which he broke during one-on-one drills on Wednesday. According to ESPN’s Mike Sando, the recovery time is expected to take about three weeks, which means Willis should be back to inflicting pain on grown men by the time the 49ers kick off their season Sept. 8 against the Packers.

Even if something unforeseen were to happen that would delay his recovery, you have to think Willis would still play through the injury come the regular season. He’s already played twice through the same hand being broken as a pro and in college at Ole Miss. Even if he’s out there with his arm immobilized in a sling, Patrick Willis still probably would be one of the scariest dudes on the field.

So, nothing to worry about here for any panicky Niners fans. Besides, at the rate the Niners have been accumulating injuries in training camp, it’s probably a blessing in disguise that their best defensive player is staying away from the field for most, if not all, of the preseason. His hamstrings might explode, or something.

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