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Patrick Willis suffers hamstring injury

SAN FRANCISCO -- 49ers All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis left Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams with a right hamstring injury and did not return.

Willis landed awkwardly after missing a tackle on fullback Brit Miller, who made an 18-yard completion from A.J. Feeley with 4:28 left in the first quarter. Willis' body twisted as he fell to the ground at Candlestick Park and he stayed down for a short time as trainers ran out to check on him, then helped him limp off the field.

Willis watched the second half on the sideline in a sweatsuit, but coach Jim
Harbaugh said after the game that he didn't consider Willis' injury to be serious.

Willis came into Sunday's game with 93 tackles, two sacks, a career-best four forced fumbles and an interception for the NFC West-leading 49ers.

Even without Willis, the 49ers won 26-0 and clinched their first NFC West crown and postseason berth since 2002.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.