Ian Rapoport reports that 49ers rookie LB Reuben Foster suffered a high-ankle sprain based on the preliminary diagnosis. According to Rapoport, more tests coming on Foster’s ankle, but he’s expected to miss some time.
This is interesting, considering that Foster told reporters after the game that he’ll be “good to go” for Week 2’s game.
“I can play still,” Foster said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “I wanted to go back out there. It was loosening up. It doesn’t hurt any more. I’ll be good against Seattle.”
49ers first-round LB Reuben Foster went down during the first half of Sunday’s game against the Panthers with an apparent ankle injury and was taken off the field on a cart.
Foster’s ankle appeared to buckle as he planted his leg while attempting to stop Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey.
Foster, 23, was selected with the No. 31 overall pick by the 49ers after they elected to trade back into the first round with the Falcons. San Francisco ultimately gave up a second- and a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft for the right to select Foster.
According to OverTheCap.com, Foster signed a four-year contract worth $9,035,568, which includes a signing bonus of $4,711,329. The contract also has a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2020.
Foster slid down the first round after being rated as one of the best linebacker prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft due to a diluted urine sample at the NFL Combine, while teams were also wary about the condition of his injured shoulder.
During his three-year college career at Alabama, Foster recorded 211 total tackles, 23 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and nine pass defenses in 39 games with the Crimson Tide.
We’ll have more regarding Foster’s injury as the news is available.