Patrick Willis Injury: 49ers Linebacker Leaves Rams Game With Hamstring Strain

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis left Sunday's win over the St. Louis Rams with a hamstring strain. We break down the news as it develops on the injury. For more on the 49ers, check out Niners Nation.

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Patrick Willis Injury Update: Could 49ers LB Miss The Rest Of The Regular Season?

The San Francisco 49ers are keeping it close to the vest on how injured their star linebacker Patrick Willis might be. Willis suffered a hamstring strain on Sunday and had to leave the game. There was no indication on how bad the injury he is, although he has been sitting out practice this week.

Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that it could be a little bit longer than Niners fans would like.

If forced to guess, Chang said that a wide window would be three to six weeks in recovery time for Willis. However, he cautioned that hamstring injuries can be "frustrating" because of the propensity for re-injury.

"The scar tissue is not as flexible and re-injury can occur," he said.

Three weeks would mean Willis could return in time for the season finale on Christmas Eve in Seattle. A five-week recovery would mean Willis would be ready for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

Willis isn't really needed the rest of the regular season. The 49ers only have one tough contest left against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football, and they have three games against their NFC West foes. San Francisco has wrapped up their division, and they won't really need to worry too much about anything but playoff positioning. But the Niners need their gifted middle linebacker to win games in January.

To discuss Willis's injury status, head to Niners Nation.


Patrick Willis Injury Update: Doubtful For 49ers Vs. Cardinals

With the San Francisco 49ers in great shape and already in the NFC playoffs, there's really no hurry to run Patrick Willis back into the lineup. Based on today's news, it's looking like the Niners All-Pro linebacker will take his time before he returns to the gridiron.

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports:

Linebacker Patrick Willis is expected to miss practice time and "probably" the 49ers' game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals with a right hamstring injury, a source told on Monday.

Willis will not require any kind of surgery -- just rest, the source said. The 49ers will have their first practice of the week on Wednesday to begin preparations to face the Cardinals. After Sunday's game, the 49ers will next play Monday, Dec. 19, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Adam Schefter of ESPN also says that Willis suffered a grade 2 hamstring injury, but it should heal on its own.

Willis being out won't change much for the 49ers this week. The Arizona Cardinals are not a formidable opponent, and the Niners should be able to win without him. Larry Grant replaces Willis, and he did record a sack yesterday; Grant usually plays special teams. Nevertheless, San Francisco should have the strength in the front seven to ensure that their defense keeps on humming.

To discuss the Willis injury with 49ers fans, best to go over to Niners Nation.


Patrick Willis Injury Update: 49ers LB To Get MRI Monday

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was knocked out of Sunday's win over the Rams with a hamstring strain, but the hope is that it is not too serious. Willis will have an MRI on Monday and see how he responds in the next few days. Willis injured his hamstring on a first quarter tackle attempt on Rams fullback Brit Miller. He was unable to stop the big man and went down to his knees. He was helped off the field following the play, but apparently appeared OK when he was walking out of the locker room after the game.

Backup linebacker Larry Grant filled in for Willis and finished with six tackles and a sack in some inspired play. If Willis has to sit for any stretch of time, Grant would handle the Mike linebacker role. The 49ers clinched the division with their win over St. Louis, but still have hopes of securing a first round bye in the coming weeks. They will want to get Willis back, but with the division secured, they will likely take a conservative approach to the injuries.

For more on Patrick Willis and the 49ers, check out Niners Nation.


49ers Vs. Rams Score: Patrick Willis Injures Hamstring, San Francisco Up 3-0

The San Francisco 49ers aren't facing an formidable foe today against the St. Louis Rams, so it's important that they stay healthy through this contest. Unfortunately, Patrick Willis might have suffered a pulled hamstring midway through the first quarter. Here he is clutching it during the game. (HT jose3030 of Twitter)


Willis is doubtful to return.

The 49ers do have points on the board to start things out. Alex Smith connected with Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn, Jr. to set up an early David Akers 36 yard field goal. The Rams have A.J. Feeley at quarterback, but St. Louis has only two first downs through the first quarter and the 49ers defense remains the best unit on the field. The Rams have to prove they can move the football down the field before the Niners can start feeling concerned about their hopes at winning this one.

To discuss the game with 49ers fans, head to Niners Nation. To discuss the game with Rams fans, go to Turf Show Times.

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