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Patrick Willis talks about toe injury and injured reserve

The 49ers will be without Patrick Willis the rest of the season as he decided to undergo toe surgery. We break down what he had to say to the media.

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The San Francisco 49ers had player availability on Tuesday, and Patrick Willis was among the players who met with the media. The availability came after the team announced Willis was placed on injured reserve, so Willis spoke to the beat writers.

It turns out Willis has been dealing with toe problems for multiple years now. He said that is one reason some might have viewed him as a bit slower last season. He aggravated the injury against the Rams, and has finally decided to get it fixed up. There are no guarantees what to expect when he completes his rehab, but Willis is optimistic he still has five or six great years of football in front of him.

Here are a few of the quotations of note: