Reuben Foster

Reuben Foster ready for leadership role with 49ers

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Reuben Foster ready for leadership role with 49ers

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ pass coverage from their linebackers has been a disaster this season.

But help is on the way, as rookie Reuben Foster is expected to return to action Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys after sustaining a high right ankle sprain just 11 plays into the season opener against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 10.

“He’s been battling to get back,” 49ers Kyle Shanahan said on “49ers Game Plan,” which airs Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC Bay Area.

“He’s been hitting the rehab hard. We’ve had him out here for two weeks of practice, and I think he had his best week of practice. This week was much better than last week. I’m excited to get him out there.”

Last week, the 49ers cut veteran NaVorro Bowman, leaving Ray-Ray Armstrong and Brock Coyle as the starting inside linebackers. They were overmatched in the 49ers' 26-24 loss at Washington.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins looked no further than his running backs in the passing game, as Chris Thompson caught four passes for 105 yards and Samaje Perine had three receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown.

The 49ers expect Foster to provide an immediate upgrade with no expectations of perfection.

“It’s going to be his first time playing in a while,” Shanahan said. “I know there are going to be some bumps in the road. But I think he’ll have a big impact on our defense and our team overall.”

Foster will take over at Bowman’s middle linebacker position and be responsible for communicating the play calls and adjustments to the rest of the defense. Shanahan said Foster is ready to handle the important role.

“That’s the one thing that’s been the most impressive about him,” Shanahan said. “Everyone can see stuff on tape that’s impressive. But we didn’t know how much command he’d have until he got here. And from the first day of OTAs through training camp -- even walk-throughs when he was hurt -- when he gets in there, he speaks that language. He takes control and people listen to him.”

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

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49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involved an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Inactives: Reid returns, but Foster still out for 49ers

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Inactives: Reid returns, but Foster still out for 49ers

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.

49ers inactives
WR Kerndrick Bourne
CB Leon Hall
DB Dexter McCoil
FB Kyle Juszczyk
LB Reuben Foster
OL Erik Magnuson
LB Dekoda Watson