49ers LB Willis to miss first game of career

By Janie McCauley/The Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — 49ers Pro Bowl inside linebacker Patrick Willis has undergone a second surgical procedure on his broken right hand and will miss a start for the first time in his four-year career in Sunday’s season finale against Arizona.

Willis, who played the past two games with a bulky cast on his hand, was voted to his fourth Pro Bowl on Tuesday. It’s unclear if he will play for the NFC squad in the game at Honolulu on Jan. 30. Willis, who played at Ole Miss, planned to talk to San Francisco’s team doctors before making a decision. He missed the 2010 game with an inflamed right knee that later required surgery.

The 25-year-old Willis has a team-leading 128 tackles with six sacks and two forced fumbles. In May, he signed a $50 million, five-year contract extension with the Niners that takes him through the 2016 season and includes $29 million in guaranteed money.