San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was on the sideline for much of the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite the game ultimately coming down to the wire. Many were wondering if he was hurt and it turns out: yes he was.
Foster sustained another shoulder stinger in the game, a 44-33 win for San Francisco, though head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Foster was healthy enough to go back into the game if needed. Shanahan confirmed after the game that the team wanted to keep Foster ready for the Week 17 finale against the Los Angeles Rams.
It’s been a rough year for Foster on the injury front. He has visited the sideline medical tent in every single game he’s played this season, and multiple times he has been down with what has looked like a serious injury, only to return a play later. He’s given the team quite a few scares.
But his level of play has been very high. He’s a tackling machine, and has closing speed unlike any other player on the defense, and that’s saying a lot with guys like Jaquiski Tartt and Eric Reid on that side of the ball. Foster was credited with five solo tackles (for advanced stats fans, that’s 15 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch) against the Jaguars and had a couple key stops.
Hopefully he’s good to go for Week 17 and hopefully he has a productive and healthy offseason. These stingers are definitely a problem, but there isn’t a whole lot that can be done about them at this point.