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Reuben Foster, Adrian Colbert should play in Week 17

The 49ers should have two of their most promising players in the regular season finale, though they will likely be limited in practice.

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster and safety Adrian Colbert will both be limited in practice throughout the week, but both are expected to play against the Los Angeles Rams in the regular season finale. Foster is working through a shoulder stinger while Colbert is dealing with a shoulder sprain, head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed to the media on Tuesday.

Foster left the Week 16 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with the injury, but Shanahan said after the outing that Foster could have returned to the game in the fourth quarter. The team wanted him to be as healthy as possible for Week 17, so he stayed on the bench despite the Jaguars surging.

Fortunately, Foster’s stinger problem isn’t related to the rotator cuff surgery he had prior to the start of the season. Shanahan confirmed that as well on Tuesday, though it’s still concerning. He’s left the field and gone to the blue medical tent in every single game he’s played this season.

That said, he’s been fantastic when healthy. He is a tackling machine who can stop anybody, and the 49ers want to see him put in a good game against the Rams.

Colbert is a very intriguing player going forward, though if he’s dealing with a sprain I certainly don’t want him to play and potentially aggravate it. He’s changing the future of the safety position for the 49ers in a big way.