Sources: 49ers’ ILB Patrick Willis to get season-ending toe surgery

Patrick Willis

According to Fox Sports Jay Glazer, San Francisco 49ers ILB Patrick Willis will miss the remainder of the 2014 season as he will get season-ending toe surgery. An injury that was suffered in a Week 6 matchup against the St. Louis Rams, Willis will now likely go on IR (Injured Reserve).

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One player who has benefited from that injury continues to be rookie third-round pick (No. 77) ILB Chris Borland. A tackle machine, Borland has played lights out in Willis’ absence despite being a rookie. In three starts this season, Borland has recorded 43 tackles, 1.0 sack, and one fumble recovery. A true hustle player with the savvy to match, Borland will now likely be the man for the job moving forward as he cements himself as a solid starter.

With Willis going on IR that leaves room for them to promote a player to the active roster and four-year veteran RB Alfonso Smith looks to be that guy. A final roster-cut, Smith will now make his way back in to the 53-man roster as Roman looks like he’s going back to his bread-and-butter smash-mouth ways.

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