The San Francisco 49ers have a good bit of news on the injury front. Patrick Willis looks like he's back and will be ready for action sooner rather than later. Willis's absence has been noted, as the San Francisco defense has had more than a few critical moments of struggle the last few weeks.
Without Willis playing, San Francisco is a very different team, as the middle of their defense has a giant big hole inside of it. With Willis, the Niners are probably among the best defenses in all of football. I doubt San Francisco would risk rushing Willis back into action, even if it meant earning the two seed. Regardless, his return bodes well for his emergence in the playoffs, and should mean opposing offenses have to deal with a complete 49ers offense.
Here's the rest of the injury report.
San Francisco 49ers
Did Not Participate In Practice: LB Blake Costanzo (not injury related), WR Ted Ginn (ankle)
Limited Participation in Practice: WR Braylon Edwards (knee), RB Bruce Miller (knee), LB Patrick Willis (hamstring)
Did Not Participate In Practice: WR Doug Baldwin (ankle), CB Kennard Cox (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (concussion)
Limited Participation in Practice: DT Clinton McDonald (concussion)
Full Participation in Practice: G Robert Gallery (pelvis), LB David Hawthorne (knee), QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral)