Willis: Legal block leading to Williams' injury 'uncalled for'

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Willis: Legal block leading to Williams' injury 'uncalled for'
September 15, 2013, 11:00 pm
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A source told CSNBayArea.com that Ian Williams will be out "awhile." (AP)

SEATTLE – Nose tackle Ian Williams sustained a broken left ankle on a legal play.

And that’s a problem, 49ers teammate Patrick Willis said after the 49ers’ 29-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night.

Williams sustained the potential season-ending injury on a cut block by Seahawks right guard J.R. Sweezy in the first quarter. Although it was not immediately known how long Williams will be out of action, a source told CSNBayArea.com he will not be able to play “for a while.”

“It just looked like he was engaged (with center Max Unger), zone play, and the backside guard came down and cut him,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.

“That’s legal the way the rules are set up.”

Willis, a six-time Pro Bowl player, said the NFL must outlaw those kinds of dangerous plays against defensive players.

“I feel like as a linebacker or a D-lineman, any cut, it’s a man sport – be a man, hit me up high,” Willis said. “Hit like rams. You don’t see a ram going and cutting another ram’s legs. They hit head to head, pad to pad.

“I feel like that’s something the league should look into more. You see some of that stuff, and it’s uncalled for. You have a guy who’s 300 pounds cutting a guy who’s 250 pounds. Do physics to that. Hit the man up high. It should be a good collision.”

Willis said he barely avoided a potentially serious injury on a cut block on a screen pass Sunday night. He said he was able to see the block coming at the last instance to avoid it. Willis said he would prefer a high hit than something at knee or ankle level.

“You’re not talking about a concussion and being out for two weeks,” Willis said. “You’re taking about being down for the rest of the season if you get hit good like that.”

Defensive lineman Ray McDonald echoed Willis’ statement.

“They have to do something about that,” McDonald said. “They’re making all these rules for QBs and receivers. They got to find a way to protect the big fellas on the inside because a lot of dudes get hurt that way. That’s how Brian Cushing got hurt last year.”

McDonald sustained an ankle sprain late in the game when a player inadvertently rolled into his leg. X-rays were negative.