Patrick Willis returns to practice with San Francisco 49ers

Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers walks off of the field dejected after the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl on February 3, 2013
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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis wears a non-contact jersey on his return to the practice field.

Patrick Willis has returned to practice with the San Francisco 49ers.

The linebacker, who reportedly fractured his hand last month, wore a non-contact jersey for his return to the practice field.

When asked whether the 28-year-old would be ready for the start of the regular season, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio told reporters: "That's my impression right now, yes. Now he may have to play with some contraption on his hand for a little bit, but my understanding, he'll be ready."

The 49ers play the Green Bay Packers in the opening week of the season.

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