Posted December 16, 2011 on AP on Fox
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer NaVorro Bowman is no longer just San Francisco's other inside linebacker, or the inexperienced young guy. Teamed with Patrick Willis, he gives the 49ers one of the most feared linebacking tandems in the NFL. Opposing offenses that try to focus Willis find they must also reckon with Bowman. The second-year pro out of Penn State has made huge strides for an attacking defense that is tops in the league at stopping the run and hasn't given up a rushing touchdown this season. Bowman's rise as a replacement for the departed Takeo Spikes has meant so much for the playoff-bound 49ers (10-3). They've also gone 35 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. Bowman's team-leading 113 tackles are a significant jump from his 46 in 2010. He loves working alongside Willis as part of one of football's best duos. ''It is a huge accomplishment, a huge title that we can run with, but we don't feed ...

Bowman coming up big in middle for Niners

NaVorro Bowman no longer is just San Francisco's other inside linebacker, or the inexperienced young guy. When teamed with Patrick Willis, he gives the 49ers one of the most feared tandems at the position in the NFL.

Willis unlikely to play; Staley's status unclear

It appears linebacker Patrick Willis will miss his second straight game and the third contest of his five-year career when the 49ers host the Steelers on Monday night. Willis, who has a Grade 2 hamstring strain he suffered against the Rams on Dec. 4, is not practicing today. He is again doing...

Early Signs Point To The 49ers Not Having Patrick Willis Back Monday Night

The Pittsburgh Steelers look certain not to have linebacker James Harrison Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers, because of his one game suspension handed down on Tuesday, but the 49ers are looking like they will once again be without the services of their best linebacker Patrick Willis as well. Willis, who reportedly has a Grade 2 hamstring strain, did not play last week...

Niners LB Willis not expected to play vs. Steelers

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is expect to miss Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Willis was limited in practice this week and missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. Larry Grant is expected to start in his place on Monday Night Football. Willis has 71 tackles, two sacks and one interception on the season.

Willis, Staley Likely Won’t Play Monday for 49ers

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley and linebacker Patrick Willis don’t look like they’ll play in Monday night’s game against the Steelers. Willis has been nursing a hamstring and wasn’t able to practice all week,  which is a sign he’ll likely not play this week. Staley suffered a concussion during last week’s loss to [...]

San Francisco 49ers notebook: Pittsburgh Steelers' James Harrison won't play Monday, but what about the 49ers' Patrick Willis?

Steelers LB must serve suspension; 49ers star still ailing
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