Found July 31, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
  The 49ers’ injury list grew longer today with linebackers Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, and cornerback Chris Culliver each leaving the sixth day of training camp early.  Willis suffered an apparent wrist injury in a pass-blocking drill.  He did not participate in team drills while his wrist was iced and bandaged.  Second-year linebacker Michael Wilhoite lined up with the first-team unit in place of Willis.  Bowman, who returned to practice today after sitting out yesterday, left early reportedly due to a groin strain. With both Willis and Bowman out, rookie Nick Moody and recently acquired Travis Johnson also got some work today.  Culliver was having a good day at practice, picking off Scott Tolzein on a pass intended for Marlon Moore, before leaving to have his shoulder looked at.  Also on the injury list, wide receivers A.J. Jenkins and Kyle Williams sat out another day of practice due to hamstring strains.  Aldon Smith, Kassim Osgood, and Jonathan Goodwin did not practice either.  Receiver Quinton Patton remained at practice in a soft cast for his injured finger.   Despite the injuries, training camp offered a number of highlights today.  While the offense has dominated the initial days of camp, it was the defense’s turn to shine on this day.  In addition to Culliver’s interception, linebacker Nate Stupar, who stepped in for Bowman, picked off Colin Kaepernick in the red zone.  Nnamdi Asomugha also had an interception and knocked a ball away from Boldin in the end zone.  On the offensive side, Boldin, who has been having a strong camp, caught just 2 of 6 passes.  Vernon Davis caught 3 of 8.  Wide receiver Marlon Moore continued to perform well, catching 4 of 6 passes, one of which was a leaping reception over Tarell Brown.  Quarterback B.J. Daniels had two touchdown passes to LaMichael James and Chuck Jacobs.   Prior to practice on the sixth day of 49ers training camp, offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Kaepernick, and defensive tackle Ray McDonald spoke to the media.  Roman was tightlipped on whether anyone in particular is standing out in camp but complimented receiver Chad Hall’s ability to handle his responsibilities both in the slot and on the outside.  Roman also commended Davis’ command of the offense, tight end Vance McDonald’s progress, and Patton’s awareness and determination to improve.  In addition, Roman singled out Moore as a hard worker with a diverse skill set.  Both Hall and Moore are taking advantage of the absence of the other receivers to make names for themselves.   After Roman, Kaepernick and McDonald each took turns at the microphone to praise their fellow players.  Kaepernick highlighted Hall’s play, particularly his ability to read defenses and get open.  For himself, Kaepernick is focused on getting better every day and believes he is way ahead of where he was this time last year.  McDonald added to the growing list of 49ers players praising the work of Ian Williams at nose tackle.  McDonald sees Williams’ contributions as an upgrade over former 49er nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga as well as Ricky Jean-Francois.  McDonald spoke highly of the defensive line overall, saying it might be the deepest group he’s been a part of in his NFL career.   As the 49ers wrap up their first week in training camp tomorrow, will injuries continue to grab the headlines or will the players’ performances dominate?    

Report: Willis to have X-ray on hand

49ers star Patrick Willis is scheduled to have an X-ray on Thursday on his injured right hand, according to Willis, a six-time Pro Bowl linebacker, had his hand wrapped in ice after injuring early in practice Wednesday. He has broken his right hand twice in his NFL career - 2007 and 2010 - but played through the injury in both instances. The five-time All-Pro, who...

Patrick Willis reportedly has a fractured hand

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49ers LB Patrick Willis out with hand injury

All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis is wearing a black cast around the base of his right hand and wrist and is not participating in the San Francisco 49ers' practice. Willis was injured in one-on-one blocking drills during Wednesday's practice. He was among more than a dozen players sitting out Thursday, including fellow All-Pro middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who has been...

49ers’ Patrick Willis should be fine

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49ers’ Patrick Willis suffers hand injury

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Report: 49ers LB Patrick Willis Has Fracture In Right Hand

On Wednesday we reported on 49ers star linebacker Patrick Willis leaving practice with a hand injury. Pro Football Talk is reporting that x-ray’s performed on Willis’ right hand Thursday confirm a fracture in that hand. The 49ers have stated that they will, “proceed with caution” when it comes to Willis’ recovery and eventual return to the field. Willis has broken his...

49ers Patrick Willis sustains right hand injury

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Injuries are suddenly piling up fast for the San Francisco 49ers in training camp. All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis was wearing a black cast around the base of his right hand and wrist and was among more than a dozen players not participating in practice Thursday. Barely 45 minutes into the workout, trainers carted cornerback Chris Culliver off the field with an apparent left knee...

Report: 49ers ILB Patrick Willis Dealing With Fractured Hand

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that 49ers ILB Patrick Willis has been diagnosed with a slight fracture in his right hand. Mortensen adds that the team will to proceed with caution and that Willis is expected to be ready for the start of season.  Willis was injured during Wednesday’s practice after he collided with FB Britt Miller during a blitz pickup drill. Fellow...

Patrick Willis has a fractured hand; Chris Culliver carted off the field

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Patrick Willis Dealing with Fractured Right Hand

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is dealing with a fractured right hand.Fantasy Spin:Schefter called it a "slight" fracture and said that Willis will play through the injury. Willis dealt with the same injury back in 2007 and ended up winning Rookie of the Year honors. That, ladies and gentleman, is called toughness.

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