San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis is regaining the strength in the right hand he broke prior to the exhibition season. Undoubtedly, the 49ers will need him in better shape than he showed in week one against the Green Bay Packers.
The 49ers travel to Seattle to take on the division rival Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and Willis will have to record more than the 5 tackles he had last week.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has rushed for more than 100 yards the past three times these teams have played, and Russell Wilson will assuredly be a threat with his legs, so having Willis at full strength will be a key for the Niners defense.
“It was off a little bit,” Willis told CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, speaking about the status of his hand. “It wasn’t as strong that I would’ve liked it to been. But I was blessed to be out there. This week is going to be much better than it was last week. “
Broken hands are nothing new to Patrick Willis – who missed all of the preseason with the injury – as this is the fourth time he has sustained such an injury in his career.
In possibly the biggest match-up of the NFL season, Willis understands the need to have his hand at top strength, and has been rehabbing furiously to get back.
“Any time you can have your fingers, that’s a good thing,” Willis quipped.