This week injured 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis talked for the first time since injuring his hamstring three weeks ago. Willis said he hopes to play on Saturday against the Seahawks and participated in his first practice on Thursday since his injury. Willis did not participate in practice on Wednesday and he was listed as “limited” which means he might play on Saturday.
There is a chance it might rain before and during the game making the field wet and slick, which is not good for a hamstring injury. It would be great to have Willis back on the field but only if he is 100%. Jim Harbaugh cannot risk re-injuring Willis’ hamstring causing him to miss the rest of the season and the playoffs. LB Larry Grant has filled in nicely for Willis with 16 tackles and five defended passes.
The Seahawks have finally figured out how to score with their offense and will challenge the 49ers defense. But the defense is good enough to carry on without Willis in the middle especially with the way Grant has played. Willis did participate in practice but it was in non-contact drills only. That doesn’t sound like he is close to 100%. I say sit Willis for another game to fully heal the hamstring. The defense is fully capable of handling Tarvaris Jackson and the Seahawks offense.
Ted Ginn Injury Update
Ted Ginn will not get another chance to return a punt or a kickoff back for touchdown against the Seahawks because of an ankle injury. Ginn harassed the Seahawks for two returns for touchdowns helping the 49ers win 33-17 in week one. The speedy returner/wide receiver injured his ankle on the second half kickoff of the Steelers game and did not return. Ginn has not practiced this week and WR Kyle Williams will return punts and kickoffs against the Seahawks.
Not having Ginn for the game on Saturday will hurt the 49ers not only in the return game but in the passing game as well. Ginn was starting to become a threat in the passing game and with Braylon Edwards also hurt, the offense will be without deep threat weapons. The injuries to Ginn and Edwards might be a good thing for the offense as Alex Smith is not very accurate throwing deep anyways.