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Seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis’ quest for an eighth trip to the all-star game next season began on Friday.
Willis posted a photo collage of himself on social media from a hospital recovery room after undergoing surgery to repair damage to his left big toe. Willis last week opted for season-ending surgery to deal with the chronic problem.
“Surgery went well thank u all for the support and heartfelt wishes,” Willis wrote on Instagram. “Determined to get back on that field and be better than ever. Road back starts now!”
Coach Jim Harbaugh said he does not know if Willis will be available to participate in the 49ers’ offseason program. Willis last week said he hoped to be ready for the start of training camp.