Patrick Willis (AP Photo)
Patrick Willis (AP Photo)
Patrick Willis (AP Photo)

(SF Gate) – Patrick Willis has been playing on a bad wheel for several years. It finally has forced the All-Pro linebacker to make an extended pit stop.

Willis was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday because of a problematic left big toe he re-injured in a win against the Rams on

Oct. 13. Willis, who was initially optimistic he’d return soon, has missed three games and decided to undergo season-ending surgery when the ailment showed no signs of improvement.

Willis’ issues with his toe date back several years, he said, and he likened playing with the injury to driving on bald tires.


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