Head coach Kyle Shanahan had mentioned the possibility that the linebacker could miss his rookie season as a “worst-case scenario” if his shoulder didn’t heal properly, but it appears the 31st overall pick will be ready.
Lynch also said Foster and fellow linebacker NaVorro Bowman are ahead of schedule in their rehab processes. Bowman suffered a torn Achilles in Week 4 of last season.
Foster didn’t participate in the combine or Alabama’s pro day as he recovered from surgery on his right rotator cuff. He reportedly slid from being a top-10 pick to the second-last pick of the first round due to worries his shoulder wouldn’t hold up.
Being sent home from the combine due to a confrontation with a doctor and a diluted drug test may have also contributed to his slide, but the 49ers were willing to take the risk after rating Foster as a top-three prospect.
Bowman and Foster are expected to start at interior linebacker for San Francisco next season.
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