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Kyle Shanahan: X-rays negative on Reuben Foster injury

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The 49ers rookie linebacker said he’ll be back “very, very, very soon.

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The San Francisco 49ers suffered a huge scare Sunday afternoon when rookie linebacker Reuben Foster went down with a leg injury. For the time being, it sounds like the injury looked worse than it was. After the game, Kyle Shanahan said the x-rays came back negative for a fracture and the injury was likely not as bad as it looked.

Foster was in the locker room after the game and was available to the media. He said it was painful but he knew it wasn’t serious. He said he anticipates being back, “very, very, very soon.”

Foster went down after a solid first quarter of three tackles and a pass deflecting. He seemed to grab his ankle and was taken to the locker room on a cart. He walked back out to the sideline later in the first half, but had a noticeable limp. He was announced as questionable to return, and worked with the trainers in attempting to get back on the field.

The 49ers eventually ruled him out in the third quarter, listing it as a leg injury. Shanahan mentioned some concern about a fracture, particularly of the tibia, but that turned out not to be the case. Shanahan said the medical staff has more to consider before he can offer a timetable on Foster’s return. I would think they’ll check for ligament damage, and if it is potentially a high ankle sprain or some other injury. We’ll likely know more sometime on Monday.