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San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis says wrist is fine, will play against Eagles


SANTA CLARA, California — A wrist injury that limited San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis in practice will not prevent him from playing Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Defensive coordinator Rick Fangio says the linebacker's "status is fine." Fangio says Willis aggravated his wrist a bit but he doesn't think it's a long-range problem.

His health is a good thing for the 49ers, already down a pair of all-pro linebackers, against the Eagles' high-octane, energetic offense that thrives on a lightning-fast pace. Willis and fellow linebacker Michael Wilhoite will feel like they are under siege in the passing game as the Eagles churn out every conceivable type of formation.

The 49ers are also looking at an opposing team that does most of its scoring in the second half, a problem that has plagued San Francisco the past two weeks.

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