49ers LB Patrick Willis hopeful to return Sunday: ‘I’m feeling better’


San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was a full participant during Wednesday’s practice for the the first time since he injured his groin in a Week 3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Willis was limited last week in practice and was a game-time scratch before the 49ers 34-3 victory over the Houston Texans.

“Last week I really tried to push it to go, and it really just wasn’t all the way there,” Willis said from his locker on Thursday to the team’s website. “What I didn’t want to do was lie to myself and to my teammates and not be able to give them all of me.”

Willis said he felt “amazing” on Wednesday, but remains day-to-day on his return to the field.

“I’m feeling better, still feeling it, but certainly a lot better than it was,” Willis said.

Willis said missing two consecutive games has been hard on him.

“I’m a competitor I want to be out there with my teammates, I just love this game of football,” Willis said. “Any time, whether it’s practice or a game, I want to compete. At the same time, too, I’m a team-player and I just want to be honest.”

Willis is hopeful to return to the field Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

“Lord’s will, I’ll be ready to go on Sunday,” he said.

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