San Francisco 49ers’ linebacker Patrick Willis has had a rough go of it so far this season.
After breaking his hand and missing all of the 49ers’ preseason games, Willis started the first three regular season games and saw limited success before injuring his groin in a 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
He had five tackles in the season opener against Green Bay, eight against the Seattle Seahawks, and six against the Colts. Willis sat out the 49ers’ game last week against St. Louis. Granted Willis was still rehabbing his hand to varying degrees in the games he did play, but this new injury certainly can’t help his progress.
If the All Pro linebacker wants to return to full strength and effectiveness he is going to have to be cautious, and Willis knows that and is still unsure if he will play.
“Nothing is for sure right now,” Willis told CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco. “My mindset is if I’m out there, I want to make sure I can help my teammates and help us win. Right now, it’s taking it day by day.”
While Willis has dealt with broken hands in the past, several of them in fact, this is the first time the linebacker has had to deal with a groin injury.
“This is the first time I’ve dealt with a groin,” Willis said. “I’ve endured a lot of pain from all the years I played football from when I was a kid to now. Some things my body is able to absorb. This was a little different. It was something new. Thank God the MRI showed it wasn’t something that would keep me out for the rest of the season.”
It is unclear if Willis will play this Sunday against the Houston Texans as he has been limited in practice so far this week. This has all the makings of a game-time decision type scenario.