The San Francisco 49ers had Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster in the top three of their draft board, and benefited tremendously from his fall. One of the reasons he slipped to the bottom of the first round is concern about his shoulders.
Foster had rotator cuff surgery in February and there have been reports in recent weeks that the medical re-check in early April said he might need a second surgery. USA Today Sports NFL writer Tom Pelissero reported that a team felt a second surgery was in fact necessary.
At his introductory press conference on Friday, Foster said he is on schedule with his shoulder. He said the statement that he would need an additional surgery was not accurate at all. He said he is making “big progress,” and while he will be limited for OTAs, he will be full-go for training camp.
Foster has been attempting to address this issue for several weeks now. Earlier this week, his agent posted this photo of the linebacker getting his shoulder checked out. The doctor said that “[the] healing process looks beautiful.” Make what you want of that, but it will be something to track when training camp arrives. It will be interesting to see if he is in fact back on the field right away, or if he opens camp on the NFI list.