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:
Patrick Willis said this toe injury has bothered him for years, said it's why some people observed previously that he had lost a step.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) November 11, 2014
Patrick Willis said his toe injury is "like trying to grab without a thumb."— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 11, 2014
Willis: "When I hurt (toe) in the Rams game it kind of made a me a little nervous because I knew what I had been feeling all these years."— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) November 11, 2014
Willis says wants to be smart, so doing surgery now. Compared lingering toe injury to worn out tire. "It was getting to me"— Cam Inman (@CamInman) November 11, 2014
Patrick Willis: "I like to say I'm one of the hardest working men on this universe. I hope to be back sooner than I'm supposed to."— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 11, 2014