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Draft Scout Patrick Willis News
12/10/14 - ILB Patrick Willis is the 49ers' nominee for the NFL's new Sportsmanship Award. Each team nominated one player for the award, which spotlights outstanding sportsmanship on the field. Eight finalist will be selected among the 32 nominees, after which NFL players will be asked to vote for one winner when they fill out their Pro Bowl ballots next week.
11/11/14 - LB Patrick Willis (toe) was placed on reserve/injured by the 49ers Tuesday (Nov. 11). Willis (6-1, 240) appeared in six games (six starts) this season and registered 49 tackles, three passes defensed and one interception. A team captain, Willis was originally drafted by the 49ers in the first round (11th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Now in his eighth year out of the University of Mississippi, Willis is the only player in franchise history to be selected as an All-Pro in each of his first six seasons, and is also one of seven players in the NFL since 1970 to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons. Willis was also named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007. Over his career, Willis has started 112 games and registered 1,225 tackles, 53 passes defensed, 20.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, eight interceptions and five fumble recoveries.
11/10/14 - ILB Patrick Willis missed his third consecutive game Sunday at New Orleans because of a toe injury. He was replaced once again by rookie Chris Borland. The 49ers hope to have Willis back at practice this week.
11/06/14 - ILB Patrick Willis did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. He is questionable for Sunday's game at New Orleans because of a toe injury. 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Thursday the club would like to see Willis participate in a full practice before considering him for game action. Willis suffered the injury in the 49ers' Week 6 win at St. Louis.
11/05/14 - ILB Patrick Willis did not practice Wednesday because of a toe injury. Willis practiced on a limited basis last week before having been a game-time decision to sit out. The 49ers are likely to take the same approach with him this week, beginning with a run on the treadmill while his teammates were on the practice field Wednesday.