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Reuben Foster | Linebacker

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/4/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 238
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 1 (31) / SF

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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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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

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci passes along "a lot of buzz" that the 49ers could draft Alabama ILB Reuben Foster with the No. 2 overall pick.

Carucci is one of the NFL's most well-connected beat writers, having worked for multiple teams and as a reporter for Even if he gets past San Francisco at No. 2, Carucci fully expects Foster to be drafted in the single digits. After watching Foster's college tape, ESPN's Louis Riddick described him as "everything I want in a run-and-hit linebacker," and "vicious" on the field. Foster, however, is presently recovering from rotator cuff surgery.
Feb 24 - 5:02 PM

Alabama ILB Reuben Foster will be sidelined four months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff.

Foster (6'1/228) is viewed by many as the top inside linebacker in this year's draft. He will sit out all Combine drills, but Foster will still interview with teams. Unlike former teammate Reggie Ragland, Foster is a three-down linebacker who possesses cover skills and can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 front. Still, the severe shoulder injury is certain to affect Foster's draft stock.
Feb 13 - 11:41 AM

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