There should be something different about the 49ers when they return from a six-week layoff for training camp in late July: Reuben Foster will be on the field.
Today, head coach Kyle Shanahan said he expects the rookie inside linebacker who had shoulder surgery before the combine to be a full participant when the 49ers open camp.
“He’s been doing great with his rehab,” Shanahan said. “Really have no concerns. I think he’ll be more than ready to go by training camp. That’s my feeling. Can’t promise that, but I’d be surprised if he wasn’t.”
Foster, the No. 31 pick, slipped in the draft partly because of concerns about his shoulder. After the draft, there were reports that teams were leery of Foster because they thought he would require a follow-up surgery on the shoulder.
The 49ers have expressed confidence that he would be ready for training camp. Foster has been participating in offseason practices on a limited basis.
“We’re not going to rush him,” linebackers coach Johnny Holland said earlier this month. “We’re going to make sure he’s healthy and ready to go. He should hit the ground running and not miss a beat.”