NFC Notes: 49ers, Packers, Panthers


49ers HC Kyle Shanahan credited the team’s medical staff for their evaluation of rookie LB Reuben Foster, given that a number of teams had flagged him medically.

I heard all the same stuff and everyone was like, ‘Aren’t you worried he’s going to get hurt?’” Shanahan said, via Nick Wagoner of ESPN. “I was proud of our doctors for putting themselves out there and giving their honest opinions of what they felt. And they feel it is healed and it’s going to be good. I respect them for doing that because they went against the norm on that and that’s not always easy. But I think worst-case scenario, what if he does come back and gets hit and hurts his shoulder again? What made me excited was I thought we acquired him the right way, the way we got him.

“If he does come back and his shoulder is hurt, we’d have to do re-surgery and it might hurt him in his first year. But we’re also talking a shoulder and not a knee. That would be disappointing not having him the first year, but that’s not something that I feel would affect his playing career.”

49ers GM John Lynch added that they had a hard time keeping Foster away from the practice field.

“We told you about how we almost had to have a leash on him to keep him out of drills and all of that,” Lynch said. “We’ve said, and you guys see us, we start smiling when we talk about the guy because there’s so much to like about him and I think we’ve only grown to appreciate that more since he’s been in the building. He’s got an excitement that’s infectious.

“He’s an alpha dog, he wants to lead. He’s ready, he’s eager and we are certainly excited to watch him play.”


  • Packers HC Mike McCarthy announced Monday morning that third-round DT Montravius Adams suffered a foot injury and will be out multiple weeks.
  • According to Ian Rapoport, Adams sustained a stress fracture in his foot and likely needs a screw inserted and should keep him out until the start of the season.


According to veteran RB Johnathan Stewart, first-round RB Christian McCaffrey has been “pretty unstoppable” as a receiver out of the backfield.

“He’s pretty unstoppable as far as coming out of the backfield running routes,” Stewart said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “I can tell you now there’s not going to be anybody in this league that can cover him 1-on-1.

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