The 49ers and Seahawks released their Thursday practice participation reports and the 49ers had some good news. Patrick Willis returned to the practice field for the first time since injuring his hamstring on December 4 against the St. Louis Rams. Willis was only limited in his return, but this is a big step forward given that he was working with the trainers for much of the last three weeks.
I would still be a bit surprised if Willis is active this Saturday, but if he is back at practice, that opens up the possibility of him playing. It is going to be cold up in Seattle this weekend, and that can never be good for hamstrings. The 49ers would likely have to play in cold weather to get through the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, but if he is back to 100% then it is not a big deal. If he is not 100% on Saturday, it might be a bit foolish to roll him out.
The Seahawks have their own notable injury. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was limited in practice on Wednesday due to an ankle injury, but on Thursday he was unable to participate at all. He has been a bit inconsistent at times this season, but he is their best receiving weapon at this point. Losing Baldwin on Saturday would be a tough blow for the Seahawks.
Did Not Participate In Practice
LB Blake Costanzo (not injury related)
WR Ted Ginn (ankle)
Limited Participation In Practice
DT Clinton McDonald (concussion)