Monday, 21 August, 2017

49ers lose former Super Bowl MVP for the season after practice injury

49ers injury report Nicked up LBs lead to more reps for Reuben Foster 49ers injury report Nicked up LBs lead to more reps for Reuben Foster
Spencer Simpson | 07 August, 2017, 00:56

Veterans Malcolm Smith and Ray-Ray Armstrong aren't giving up their spots easily above Foster on the depth chart. Don't know for sure.

It is a heavy loss to the 49ers, who had offered a five-year contract and $ 26.5 million to the former of the Oakland Raiders during the off-season.

Now that an opportunity has popped up with Smith's injury, the pressure will be on Foster to prove to the 49ers coaching staff he is ready and capable of stepping into the role of starting linebacker. Smith was expected to help transition to the new 4-3 scheme that's similar to what he ran with Seattle.

"That'd be a big one for us, just because we've been getting so many reps together, gelling together and really talking about what the offense is trying to do to us throughout these OTAs and in training camp", NaVorro Bowman said, who's played next to Smith with the starters.

According to Kevin Jones of KNBR, Garnett's leg was wrapped and he walked gingerly, suggesting he could be forced to miss some time.

The Niners selected Garnett with the No. 28 overall pick in the first round of the 2016 National Football League draft out of Stanford. He replaced Smith in the starting lineup Saturday as the weak-side inside linebacker during the full-team session.

Smith's injury is a tough blow to the Niners' defense after San Francisco made him a free-agent priority in March.

"There's some stuff in his knee we're probably going to have to clean up", Shanahan said, via Eric Branch of SFGate.com.

Garnett has primarily played at left guard with the first-team unit during training camp.

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