SANTA CLARA – The 49ers expect rookie linebacker Reuben Foster to be cleared for the first day of training camp.
“He's been doing great with his rehab," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "We really have no concerns. I think he'll be more than ready to go by training camp. That's my feeling. I can't promise that but I'd be surprised if he wasn't (cleared for camp)."
The 49ers were scheduled to hold their final offseason practice before reporting to training camp on July 27. Foster has been held out of team drills.
Shanahan said Foster’s surgically repaired right shoulder continues to make progress. He said he expects Foster to be in pads for the first practice of training camp in which pads are allowed.
Foster, the No. 31 overall pick in the draft, was the subject of national reports that he would require another surgery and could miss his entire rookie season. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, citing a “well-placed source,” that Foster’s surgery “didn’t take.”
After the 49ers drafted him, Foster disputed the reports.
“That’s not accurate at all,” Foster said in April. “I’m fine. I’m on schedule.”
Foster sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.
He underwent surgery on his rotator cuff that forced him to sit out drills at the NFL scouting combine in February. Foster was sent home from Indianapolis after an argument with a hospital worker while he was waiting to undergo a physical.