Sakamoto: 49ers LB Reuben Foster suffers mild a/c joint sprain, same shoulder!

San Francisco 49ers draft pick Reuben Foster answers questions at a news conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Reuben Foster hit with another injury bug 

Injury prone? A question that is running through every forty niner fans mind in regards to rookie first-round pick (No. 31) LB Reuben Foster. The electrifying linebacker has been nothing short of exceeding the team’s expectations on the field.  

However, can the Alabama product stay healthy? Questions about his right shoulder injury is reason why he plummeted down team’s draft boards. I asked Foster if he had a “chip on his shoulder” due to being drafted so late and he openly admitted he was upset. 

“Yes, I do have a chip on my shoulder,” Foster told me.

Fast forward to today and Foster finds himself on the injury list once again. Same shoulder, different injury. This time a mild a/c joint sprain. The injury was suffered on the first day of the 49ers-Denver Broncos joint practice in Santa Clara.  

The 49ers medical staff was gingerly working on Foster’s right shoulder as he walked off the field. Concerned about his first-round pick, GM John Lynch talked to Foster about the injury shortly after practice concluded. “I talked to him and like Reuben, big smile, said, “I’m straight,” Lynch said. 

Despite the “didn’t take” shoulder, Foster has been a full-go since being drafted by the Niners. Last week witnessed Foster playing 27 snaps according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. 

Foster is by far the team’s best linebacker outside of LB NaVorro Bowman. But questions about the right shoulder is concerning.

A player who sums up his game in one word as being “Savage,” we will all have to take a wait-and-see approach if that shoulder will hold up. 

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