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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 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

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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

According to USA Today's Tom Pelissero, teams believe 49ers first-round ILB Reuben Foster will require a second shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.

He's already in the midst of recovering from the first one following Alabama's season, and coach Nick Saban, speaking after last night's first round, expressed frustration with Foster's decision to not consult Dr. James Andrews, instead going to a different doctor. Another NFL exec thinks Foster could be a serious problem off the field outside of Alabama, where he had people to "hold his hand." He won't get that in the NFL. While the Foster pick at 31 for the 49ers has widely been praised, there are an excess of red flags that could make it backfire.
Source: USA Today
Apr 28 - 9:55 AM

49ers traded up with the Seahawks and selected Alabama ILB Reuben Foster with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The 49ers were said to be considering Foster as high as No. 2 overall, and he was expected to be a top-of-the-round pick but medical and off-field concerns put Foster in a draft-night slide. Foster (6’0/229) earned the 2016 Butkus Award as college football’s top linebacker, wrapping his four-year career with 24 tackles for loss and eight sacks across 24 starts. He never forced a single turnover at Alabama, but did lead the nation in PFF College’s run-stop percentage last year and showed an ability to cover tight ends and tailbacks on tape. A vicious hitter with missile-like range, Foster offers All-Pro potential if he can stay healthy and keep his head on straight. He has dealt with numerous stingers/concussions, is currently rehabbing a torn rotator cuff, and got kicked out of the Combine for arguing with a hospital worker after failing a drug test. He also managed a 9 on the Wonderlic. While his ceiling is high, Foster also has a low NFL floor.
Apr 27 - 11:38 PM

Alabama ILB Reuben Foster failed his Combine drug test.

Foster's sample was diluted, which counts as a failed test. He's now in the league's substance-abuse program. Foster claims he failed the test because he was extremely ill and taking in an exceptional amount of fluids. This adds to a nightmare Combine for Foster, who was sent home after getting into an altercation with a hospital worker. Foster is recovering from shoulder surgery. Foster is an elite talent, but could fall to Day 2 because of his growing off-the-field concerns.
Apr 20 - 4:24 PM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster visited the Lions Friday.

The owners of the No. 21 overall pick, the Lions would seem to have little shot at one of the top talents in the draft, but Foster's medical concerns (shoulder) and trouble at the Combine could cause him to slip. Lions GM Bob Quinn recently said the team needs to get faster on defense, and an athletic linebacker like Foster would be a great place to start. Temple's Haason Reddick is another name to watch for Detroit.
Apr 15 - 10:44 AM

Alabama ILB Reuben Foster was sent home from the NFL Combine after a "heated exchange" with a hospital worker in Indianapolis.

An NFL spokesman would only concede Foster was sent home for "personal reasons," and did not divulge details of the dispute. ESPN's Kat Terrell reported Friday night that at least one team believed Foster "did not have a great interview," causing further concern about Foster's state of mind and well being. Foster suffered numerous concussion and stinger injuries early in his college career. He is currently recovering from rotator cuff surgery. At one point, Foster was believed to be on the 49ers' radar at the No. 2 overall pick.
Mar 4 - 1:46 AM

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