LANDOVER, Md. – The return of rookie linebacker Reuben Foster will have to wait another week.
The 49ers thought they would be getting Foster back on the field for Sunday’s game against Washington. But after a strong practice on Wednesday, Foster did not rebound as well physically as the team had hoped.
Foster was among the seven players the 49ers designated as inactive. He will miss his fifth consecutive game with a high right ankle sprain sustained in the 49ers' season opener against Carolina.
With the 49ers release of NaVorro Bowman on Friday, the club will enter the game with inside linebackers Ray-Ray Armstrong, Brock Coyle, Elijah Lee and Mark Nzeocha.
The 49ers will also be without fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who was ruled out due to a back injury. The 49ers will compensate with four tight ends in uniform: George Kittle, Garrett Celek, Logan Paulsen and rookie Cole Hikutini, who was elevated from the practice squad on Saturday.
Safety Eric Reid is set to make his return to action after missing the past three games with a left knee injury.
WR Kerndrick Bourne
CB Leon Hall
DB Dexter McCoil
FB Kyle Juszczyk
LB Reuben Foster
OL Erik Magnuson
LB Dekoda Watson
The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.
The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.
Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.
Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.
The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.
SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.
“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.
“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”
Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.
“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."