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December 16, 2011
Willis, Staley absent for second straight day

The chances that Patrick Willis and Joe Staley play in Monday's game are starting to dim. Both spent the start of Thursday's Friday's practice exercising on a side field, the second straight day they have missed practice.

Willis' prospects seem worse than Staley's. The team's inside linebacker continues to work with strength and conditioning coach Mike Uyeyama as he rehabilitates his right hamstring. Staley must pass his post-concussion tests before he can return to practice. Staley was running on his own when practice began today.

The 49ers listed receiver Braylon Edwards (knee) and fullback Bruce Miller (knee) as limited on their Wednesday Thursday injury report. Both were on hand for the start of practice as was running back Frank Gore.

For the Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) was listed as limited in today's practice. Center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) and safety Troy Polamalu (hamstring) did not practice.

One interesting sight prior to practice: first-round draft pick Aldon Smith kicking field goals with David Akers. The Condor can kick.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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