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Reuben Foster | Linebacker | #56

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/4/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 228
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 1 (31) / SF
Contract: view contract details

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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan expects ILB Reuben Foster (shoulder) to play in Saturday's preseason game.
This falls in line with what's been reported. Foster is dealing with a mild AC joint sprain. He'll start against the Broncos, but figures to play limited snaps. Aug 19 - 3:10 PM

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49ers ILB Reuben Foster is dealing with a "mild AC joint sprain" in his surgically-repaired shoulder.

The 49ers are insisting it's a "completely different" injury than Foster's rotator cuff issue, but we'll see how true that ends up being. The team re-signed ILB Shayne Skov on Thursday. Foster was just officially anointed a starter on Tuesday. He will supposedly play in the 49ers' second preseason game on Saturday.
Aug 17 - 1:55 PM

Reuben Foster has officially been named the 49ers' starting weak-side linebacker.

This was always the expectation, but Foster needed barely two weeks of camp to lock it down. The No. 31 overall pick of the draft, Foster hasn't been bothered by his troublesome shoulder this summer. Foster should have the role to rack up some huge numbers in IDP leagues.
Aug 15 - 6:08 PM

49ers first-round LB Reuben Foster is expected be a Week 1 starter.

Foster has a clear path to snaps with WLB Malcolm Smith out for the season. He's been full-go since the start of training camp despite concerns over his shoulder issues. With NaVorro Bowman likely to be limited to base sets, Foster has a chance to for an every-down role.
Aug 5 - 7:24 PM

49ers first-round LB Reuben Foster (shoulder) will be full go for the start of training camp on Friday.

Recovering from shoulder surgery, Foster was limited to individual drills in the spring. The team is expected to let him loose in offense-against-defense work starting this weekend. There's been plenty of hoopla about Foster's shoulder potentially being a short- and long-term concern, but to this point he hasn't had any issues since surgery. The 49ers have expressed zero concern as well.
Jul 25 - 8:21 PM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan expects first-round LB Reuben Foster (shoulder) to be "more than ready" for training camp.

Foster has been a limited participant in offseason practices. There were concerns his shoulder would need a second surgery, but he's progressed on schedule. Foster will compete with WLB Malcolm Smith for a starting job in camp.
Jun 14 - 4:21 PM

49ers signed first-round LB Reuben Foster to a four-year contract.

As with all first-round picks, Foster's deal includes a fifth-year team option. The No. 31 overall pick is still healing from offseason shoulder surgery but was able to practice on a limited basis during OTAs. He'll compete with Malcolm Smith for the starting job at weak-side linebacker. Solomon Thomas and C.J. Beathard remain as the Niners' only unsigned draft picks.
Jun 9 - 4:20 PM

The 49ers are using first-round pick Reuben Foster at weak-side linebacker during OTAs.

Malcolm Smith is currently running with the first team ahead of Foster, but Foster should displace Smith quickly if he's fully healthy. The 49ers are preventing Foster from taking on any contact in drills like the sled due to fears over his balky shoulder. Foster is recovering from rotator cuff surgery, and it was reported at one point that the surgery "didn't take."
May 31 - 9:56 PM

49ers first-round LB Reuben Foster (shoulder) is participating in individual drills during OTAs.

According to coach Kyle Shanahan, Foster is not participating in any drill where there is a "possibility of contact," but getting on the field at all is a good step following offseason shoulder surgery. GM John Lynch has said he expects Foster to be a "full-go" for training camp.
Source: ESPN
May 29 - 10:48 AM

49ers GM John Lynch said first-round LB Reuben Foster (shoulder surgery) is expected to be ready for training camp.

"Come training camp we anticipate him being full-go," Lynch said. Foster's shoulder has earned quite a bit of ink since the draft, but the 49ers have remained mostly positive. If healthy, Foster should be given every opportunity to earn a starting job in camp.
May 9 - 12:52 PM

The Miami Herald reports new 49ers ILB Reuben Foster had concussion issues at Alabama, and that his "recovery time was a concern."

Foster's shoulder issues are well documented, but his concussions didn't draw much attention during the pre-draft process. They weren't entirely unknown, and were believed to have happened "early" in his SEC career. What's clear is that Foster's injury history is long and concerning. He didn't fall to No. 31 in a vacuum.
May 4 - 2:44 PM

In an interview with KNBR, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said "our doctors felt good about" first-round ILB Reuben Foster's shoulder.

Seemingly nothing but negative opinions on Foster's shoulder have emerged since the draft, with Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reporting the linebacker was "medically rejected" by some teams and ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting some believe the shoulder could give out at any moment. The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero adds Foster suffered concussions in college and "his recovery time was a concern." "You never know who is going to end up being right," Shanahan said of the reports. "The worst-case scenario is he wouldn’t be able to play for us right away." Foster is unquestionably talented, but he also comes with medical and off-field questions marks. Trading up to pick him at the back-end of the first round was a high-risk, high-reward gamble.
May 4 - 11:56 AM

Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reports 49ers first-round ILB Reuben Foster was "medically rejected" by some teams due to concerns with his shoulder.

It falls in line with what The Ringer's Mike Lombardi and USA Today's Tom Pelissero have reported in the days since the draft. ESPN's Adam Schefter added to it Wednesday, saying some believe Foster's surgically-repaired shoulder may give out at any moment, while others don't even believe the first surgery fixed the issue. Foster reportedly has problems with his labrum and rotator cuff, possibly in both shoulders. The 49ers felt comfortable enough to trade up for him.
May 3 - 2:13 PM

The Ringer's Mike Lombardi disputed reports 49ers first-round pick Reuben Foster (shoulders) has a clean bill of health.

Foster claimed he doesn't need more surgery after the 49ers drafted him, but USA Today and Lombardi have both reported otherwise. "The 49ers should count their lucky stars they didn't pick Reuben Foster at the third pick overall," Lombardi said. "Because Foster may require surgery before the season even begins. People are saying he's fine, everything's gonna be good. That's not what I'm told by a lot of teams in the league. That's why he slipped." Lombardi indicated NFL teams have concerns about both of Foster's shoulders, regarding his labrum and rotator cuff.
May 1 - 9:28 PM

49ers first-round ILB Reuben Foster (shoulder) says he won't require a second surgery.

Foster is two months removed from his first surgery. There's confliting reports on how healthy his shoulder is. Foster has major setback concerns, but plans to be ready for training camp.
Apr 28 - 5:27 PM

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