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Report: 49ers' Patrick Willis (toe) likely out Week 7

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Don't expect Patrick Willis to make an immediate return to action for the San Francisco 49ers.

ProFootballTalk reported Tuesday that Willis has been diagnosed with a sprained toe and is "currently unlikely" to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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Willis will have his toe evaluated by the same specialist who has treated Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, who is also fighting a lingering toe issue, according to PFT.

Willis injured the toe during the second quarter of the Niners' 31-17 win over the St. Louis Rams on Monday night. The five-time All-Pro didn't return to the game and was seen in an orthopedic boot by the second half.

Willis' injury is the latest test for a 49ers defense that is already without stars Aldon Smith (suspension) and NaVorro Bowman (knee surgery). Willis' absence means an opportunity for third-round pick Chris Borland, who will likely slide into the starting lineup against the Broncos.

Borland replaced Willis against the Rams and played 31 snaps in the second half.

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