Patrick Willis named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

The 49ers announced that linebacker Patrick Willis has been rewarded NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for Week 5.

Willis recorded 12 tackles and a fumble recovery in the team’s 48-3 thrashing of the Buccaneers on Sunday.

For the season, the four-time Pro Bowler has a team-high 40 tackles with four passes defensed, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Furthermore, the Mississippi product spearheads the fourth-best run defense in the NFL.

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