Found September 05, 2013 on NFL Injury Report:
49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is optimistic Patrick Willis will return to the field on Sunday when the Green Bay Packers head into town. Willis has missed the entire preseason because of a fractured hand that required surgery. It is likely Willis will have some sort of cast or cushioning on to prevent further injury, he has worn them before and his stats didn't show a decline while wearing it. Honestly, I really feel like I'm on the field, I can't let it affect my play, said Willis, who finished second on the team with 120 tackles. I don't want to cheat my teammates of anything but everything that I have. I want to be good. Willis is the defensive leader for the defending NFC Champions, and is sure to spark the rest of the team. Willis is one half of the best linebacker duos in the league along with Navorro Bowman, the tandem combined for 316 tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions during the 2012 season. Willis' return is welcomed with open arms especially this week when the Aaron Rodgers led Packers come to town. For the last several years opposing defenses have been able to key in on the passing game because the running game has been non-existent ending in Rodgers being sacked for a league leading 51 times in 2012. Rookie running back Eddie Lacy brings a duel threat as he can power between the tackles and can also catch the ball out of the backfield requiring defenses to game plan for him. This game has several match ups to watch heading into game day. Can the Packers offensive line hold off a front seven pass rush lead by Aldon Smith and Justin Smith? The second match up to watch will be Willis and Bowman against Eddie Lacy. Lacy will need to stay north and south as both linebackers have great closing speed. This should be the first of many great battles between them. Follow me on Twitter @okisasquatch Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for /;.lkjhxz jkln bhgfdsfantasy football advice?
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

2013 Fantasy Football Week 1: Starts, Darts and Tarts

Some would rather enjoy Santa Claus or a Bunny, but this is fantasy football season honey and it’s time for starts, darts and tarts. Who you should start, who you should throw into your lineup by throwing a dart in the dark and which players will be sour tarts. Source: cbsnews.com QB Starts: Joe Flacco You might be tempted to shy away, because Flacco lost Anquan Boldin to San...

2013 NFL Team Previews: San Francisco 49ers

Key Additions QB Colt McCoy, WR Anquan Boldin, G Adam Snyder, DT Glenn Dorsey, CB Nnamdi Asomugha, S Craig Dahl, K Phil Dawson, S Eric Reid (draft), DE/DT Tank Carradine (draft), TE Vance McDonald (draft), DE/OLB Corey Lemonier (draft), WR Quinton Patton (draft), RB Marcus Lattimore (draft), DE/DT Quinton Dial (draft) Key Losses QB Alex Smith, WR Randy Moss...

49ers' Smith named in shooting lawsuit

49ers All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith was named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday over an alleged shooting during a June 2012 party that Smith hosted at his San Jose, Calif., home. Titans tight end Delanie Walker, who was Smith's teammate the past two seasons in San Francisco, was also named in the suit, which was obtained by NBC Bay Area. Ronndale Esporias filed the suit and alleges...

49ers injury report: LaMichael James, Nnamdi Asomugha

The San Francisco 49ers’ find themselves remarkably healthy heading into the first week of the regular season. The defending NFC champs have only two names appearing on their injury report as of Thursday evening. Unfortunately, both players can be very effective and their status for this weekend is not looking good. Running back LaMichael James is the first player on the list...

Nnamdi Asomugha and Kerry Washington Wedding Was Fake

Apparently the whole secret wedding between 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and actress Kerry Washington wasn’t so secret, because according to our source, it never happened. Here’s what our source says, “I was paid by Kerry Washington and her camp to insert a marriage certificate in the Idaho court system. I did it for them, but she’s been tripping lately and it’s really...

Aldon Smith faces possible illegal firearm charges

First there was word that Aldon Smith was named in a lawsuit against someone who is saying he was shot at a party hosted by Aldon, now word has come out from the Mercury News that Aldon is possibly facing criminal charges for possessing illegal assault rifles. Only days before the start of the NFL season, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is leaning toward prosecuting...

Smith, Walker named in second suit

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and former teammate Delanie Walker have been hit with a second lawsuit this week stemming from an alleged 2012 shooting at Smith's home. Aaron Reyes filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara County claiming that he was seriously injured in a shooting at the home and that both players knew there were armed gang members present. Reyes' friend...

San Francisco 49ers: Read Option – A New Dimension

Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers have a number of defensive coordinators going to extra lengths to stop the read option offense. Some, such as Dom Capers of the Green Bay Packers, have gone to college coaches to help figure out how to stop the bleeding. There have been a variety of new ways to supposedly limit quarterbacks like Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III, Cam...

Video: Colin Kaepernick straps on GoPro for kids’ camp

San Francisco 49ers signal-caller Colin Kaepernick sported a GoPro during a skills and drills camp at Oceana High School, in Pacifica, California.

Vernon Davis disagrees with Randy Moss about rapport with Kaepernick

Vernon Davis defended his relationship with quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to Randy Moss, who said the San Francisco 49ers stars did not have a good rapport. Moss, now an analyst with FOX Sports 1 after spending last season with the 49ers, said on a conference call Wednesday that Davis and Kaepernick did not have […]

Jim Harbaugh thinks Green Bay Packers are targeting Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh expressed concern on Wednesday that the Green Bay Packers defense may be targeting quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the Week 1 game between the teams on Sunday. Harbaugh is specifically worried about the ability of defenses to hit the opposing quarterback if the QB is carrying out a fake […]

49ers’ Aldon Smith Named in Lawsuit Over 2012 Shooting

The NFL season is just a few days away, but that doesn’t mean the number of players getting in trouble with the law has to stop. The 49ers standout defensive player Aldon Smith is next up. Smith and former teammate […]

Moss uses unconventional style on Fox broadcasts

Randy Moss has never done anything by the book, which is exactly why Fox Sports hired the brash-talking former receiver. This season, Moss is taking his outspoken views from the locker room to television booth where he will have a national platform. Admittedly, Moss is a rookie at this broadcast stuff, and, at times, he might show a certain preference for some of his former teams...

San Francisco 49ers Week 1 Preview

Here we are, merely days away from the San Francisco 49ers season opener against their hated rival, the Green Bay Packers. The Packers and 49ers have a history slightly tipped in Green Bay’s favor, with the Packers holding a 30-26-1 advantage over the Niners. Twelve of those wins compared to only two losses were fairly recent, coming while Brett Favre wore the number 4 with the...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.