John Lynch makes it clear with Reuben Foster, 'he’s got to stay clean'


John Lynch makes it clear with Reuben Foster, 'he’s got to stay clean'

Linebacker Reuben Foster was selected to the NFL’s All-Rookie team and showed tremendous potential to be a game-changing talent in the middle of the 49ers’ defense.

But 49ers general manager John Lynch acknowledges Foster will only be able to take his game to the next level if he avoids pitfalls off the field.

“He’s got to stay — he knows it — he’s got to stay clean,” Lynch told Jennifer Chan of ninersnation.com at the Senior Bowl this week in Mobile, Alabama.

“We all know how special of a player he can be when he’s right. So he’s got to figure out how to stay healthy and stay out of trouble, but we believe he will do that.”

Foster was arrested two weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana. He was released on $2,500 bond. Foster could be subject to discipline under the NFL’s policies on substances of abuse and personal conduct.

The 49ers visited extensively with Foster before last year’s draft. There were questions about Foster’s surgically repaired shoulder and his character. Still, the 49ers had him rated as the No. 3 prospect on their draft board and traded up to No. 31 overall to draft him.

“We probably spent more time with him than anybody in the draft because we felt like it was necessary,” Lynch said. “We grew comfortable and we felt really good about him. It hasn’t been without bumps, as we all know, but we still believe in him a great deal.”

NFL co-rushing leader Matt Breida questionable vs. Chargers


NFL co-rushing leader Matt Breida questionable vs. Chargers

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Matt Breida, who is tied for the NFL’s rushing lead, is listed as questionable for the 49ers’ Week 4 game at the Los Angeles Chargers, head coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday.

Breida sustained a hyperextended right knee Sunday during the first half of the 49ers’ 38-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He returned in the third quarter and finished with 90 yards on 10 carries. Breida on Monday also had some calf soreness, Shanahan said.

Shanahan made note of the playing surface at Arrowhead Stadium, which recently had been re-sodded after a Sept. 8 Taylor Swift concert. He said he wasn't sure if the turf had anything to do with the injuries to Breida or quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who tore the ACL in his left knee when he tried to make a cut near the left sideline to stay inbounds.

Entering the Monday night game, Breida is tied for the NFL lead with Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott with 274 rushing yards on the season. Breida has carried the ball 32 times this season and is averaging 8.6 yards per attempt. Elliott has attempted 48 runs.

Shanahan gave other 49ers injury updates Monday:

-- Cornerback Richard Sherman has a calf strain and is expected to miss a couple of weeks.

-- Guard Mike Person has a knee sprain and is questionable for the game against the Chargers.

-- Guard Joshua Garnett still is nursing a toe injury and isn't expected to be available.

-- Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin made it through Sunday’s game healthy after sitting out Week 2 with a deep thigh bruise.

-- Safety Adrian Colbert sustained a hip injury and will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

-- Running back Alfred Morris had an ankle injury but returned to action. His practice availability will be determined Wednesday.

Nick Mullens in line for 49ers promotion; Colin Kaepernick not an option

Nick Mullens in line for 49ers promotion; Colin Kaepernick not an option

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will elevate quarterback Nick Mullens from the practice squad to serve as C.J. Beathard’s backup after Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a season-ending knee injury Sunday.

The 49ers also will bring in a group of free-agent quarterbacks to work out Tuesday, coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday.

“I know we’re working out a number of guys tomorrow,” Shanahan said. “Right now, our plan is bring Nick up, so we have two right away.”

The group of quarterbacks expected to work out for the 49ers includes veteran free agents Kellen Clemens, T.J. Yates and Tom Savage. Shanahan said the team also has reached out to Matt Moore, but the coach said he wasn't sure if the QB would attend the workout.

One player who will not be at the workout is Colin Kaepernick, Shanahan said. He said the team hasn't discussed Kaepernick this year after he was a subject of conversations a year ago.

“I made that decision [to not pursue Kaepernick] because of the style of offense we wanted to go with,” Shanahan said. “That’s kind of what I said last year. It’s the same situation now. I always look into what style of offense I want to do, what style of offense we’ve been doing for the last two years.

“When you start to get to these quarterbacks we’re talking about, C.J.’s our guy, and we have Nick Mullens backing him up. When you get into a third or fourth guy, whoever that is, you’d like to bring in guys who you felt you didn’t have to change much of your offense for.”

Garoppolo is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair his torn left ACL at some point in the next week or two after his swelling goes down. Shanahan said he wasn't aware of any additional damage to Garoppolo’s knee.

Clemens, 35, is a 12-year NFL veteran who has started 21 of his 64 career games during his career with the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams and the Chargers. He has 16 career touchdown passes and 21 interceptions.

Yates, 31, started 10 of the 20 games in which he appeared with the Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins. He has 10 TD passes and 11 interceptions.

Savage, 28, has started nine of his 13 games with the Texans. He has thrown five TD passes and seven interceptions.

Moore, 34, is a 10-year pro who has 30 career starts in his 49 appearances with the Carolina Panthers and Dolphins. He has thrown 45 TD passes and 31 interceptions.