Maiocco: Not a good day for 49ers All-Pro inside linebackers
Parick Willis has sustained breaks to his right hand twice in his NFL career. The 49ers are hoping the results of an X-ray don't increase that number to three. (AP)
UPDATE (9:15 a.m. on Thursday) -- X-rays revealed that Patrick Willis sustained a "slight fracture" in his right hand, according to an ESPN report. He will reportedly be ready for the regular season.
All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis is scheduled to undergo an X-ray on Thursday to determine the extent of his injured right hand, a source told CSNBayArea.com late Wednesday.
Willis sustained an injury to his hand early in practice on Wednesday. After showing some discomfort, he was examined by the team's medical staff. He had his right hand wrapped in ice and watched the final two hours of practice from the sideline.
Willis caught several passes from defensive assistant coach Peter Hansen during a standard interception drill the linebackers perform in the individual period of practice every day. Then, Willis took part in a blitz pickup drill in which he collided with fullback Bruce Miller. Willis sat out the remainder of practice.
Willis, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first six NFL seasons, has sustained breaks to his right hand twice in his NFL career.
In 2007, he played with a cast on his right hand and did not miss any games. He played two full games with a broken right hand in 2010. When the 49ers were eliminated from playoff contention, he sat out the final game of the season.
In college, he played most of the 2005 season with a cast on his right hand due to a broken middle finger.
[CAMP REPORT: Willis sustains right hand injury]
Fellow All-Pro inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman also sat out the final part of practice Wednesday. He missed Tuesday's practice due to a groin strain.