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Patrick Willis injury: 49ers LB to have MRI on toe, per Ed Werder

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The San Francisco 49ers lost linebacker Patrick Willis to a toe injury during Monday's win over the Rams. Willis is expected to get an MRI on Tuesday, after which we might know more about his injury.

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ESPN's Ed Werder is reporting San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of his toe injury. Willis suffered a toe injury during the second quarter of Monday's 31-17 win over the St. Louis Rams, and was wearing an orthopedic boot in the second half and after the game. According to Werder, Willis had x-rays on Monday, but there was no information regarding those results.

The 49ers replaced Willis with Chris Borland, who put together a very solid half of football. He made a couple tackles, got some pressure on the quarterback, and generally was quite solid. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are a slightly different beast than Austin Davis and the St. Louis Rams, but at least Borland can potentially head into Week 7 with some confidence.

The 49ers are highly unlikely to announce the results of the MRI. Jim Harbaugh will likely meet with the press later this morning (although nothing is scheduled yet). He will get a question on it, but given that the 49ers likely arrived back in the Bay Area very early this morning, I do not expect to hear any answers yet. The 49ers will release their first practice participation report Wednesday afternoon. We will probably see Willis as a DNP for that first practice. After that remains to be seen, but fingers crossed this is not a bad case of turf toe.