Reuben Foster is expected to be a full go at San Francisco 49ers practice, a huge improvement considering he was expected to miss all of 2017:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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John Lynch has to be feeling good with the news that Reuben Foster will indeed participate in 49ers practices. Lynch drafted Foster with the 31st pick in the 1st round of this past NFL Draft and it was initially suspected that Foster would miss the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury. Foster was facing a similar situation that Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith went through in 2016. Now though Foster’s health has taken a turn for the better and this is great news if you’re the general manager who drafted Rueben Foster. You’d hate to see your guys (the people you drafted) injured and out of action. That’s not how you build winning football teams and that wouldn’t have been a great start for John Lynch’s first ever draft class. Instead though the 49ers have gotten extremely lucky and now it does appear Ruben Foster will be ready to go for this upcoming season. When healthy Foster is a guy that can immediately step on the field and assume the role as a starter. At 6’1 245 pounds Foster has the perfect frame for an inside linebacker position and rookie Defensive Coordinator Robert Salah will benefit greatly from having Foster in his line up. San Francisco is also transitioning to a 4-3 defense so Reuben Foster should do a great job of playing the Mike linebacker position which has been made famous by the likes of Ray Lewis, Dick Butkus, and Ray Nitschke. It’s up to the middle linebacker to own it in both A gaps when playing the 4-3 defense and it will be a great test for the young linebacker who is looking to make a name for himself. Solomon Thomas and Foster will give the 49ers an edge on the defensive side of the ball and we all know defense wins championships. That’s clearly why Lynch made it a point to get better in that regard and get ready to hear Reuben Foster’s name much more frequently.

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