49ers Notes: Willis in doubt for preseason opener

49ers LB Patrick Willis (right) may miss the opening preseason game against the Denver Broncos because of a strained ankle. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

49ers LB Patrick Willis (right) may miss the opening preseason game against the Denver Broncos because of a strained ankle. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

The 49ers have a lot of uncertainty heading into their preseason opener against the Broncos on Friday. Coach Mike Singletary has yet to name a starting quarterback. First-round draft pick Michael Crabtree is nowhere to be found. And star MLB Patrick Willis has yet to return to practice after suffering a strained ankle on the first day of training camp and his status for Friday is uncertain. Tough, nobody would fault the 49ers for erring on the side of caution with Willis.

Here’s a look at the transcript from Singletary’s session with reporters.

Here are a few other 49ers notes from Monday:

  • Singletary said he hasn’t decided on a QB rotation for Friday’s game between Shaun Hill and Alex Smith, but would have a “pretty good idea” on who will start following Thursday’s walk-through.
  • Singletary seemed pretty certain RB Frank Gore would not play a lot against the Broncos — no surprise there. He indicated rookie Glen Coffee would see significant time.
  • Even though CB Tarell Brown has been out since the first day of camp with a toe injury, Singletary wouldn’t say veteran CB Dre Bly has secured a starting spot. “But as far as saying Dre Bly really has some separation there, in all fairness to (Tarell) Brown, I’m excited for him to come back out,” Singletary said. “We’re still in training camp. It’s not like it is the start of the season this week. So, there is time to get back into competition.”
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