Vernon Davis active for 49ers

Updated: September 26, 2013, 7:53 PM ET
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- Vernon Davis is back to help the anemic San Francisco 49ers' offense Thursday night against the St. Louis Rams.

However, the San Francisco defense will be missing star inside linebacker Patrick Willis, who will not play because of a groin injury that required him to leave the team's loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the third quarter last Sunday. Michael Wilhoite will start in his place.

Willis warmed up but was deemed unable to play. It was believed all week that he'd ...

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