San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has a high ankle sprain, head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed on Monday. Foster sustained the injury early in the Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers. Shanahan also confirmed that Foster would have to wear a boot, and declined to give a timetable for his return.
Foster participated in 11 defensive snaps before he went down with the injury, which at first looked very serious. He played well, which Shanahan echoed on Monday.
“He was playing well. Was around the ball a ton. Got close to a pick, and was near another one,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan also said that Ray-Ray Armstrong “stepped up” and “made some plays,” which was certainly a lot of coach speak given Armstrong had a pretty awful performance in relief of Foster. We’ll give him a break on that — he’s not going to come out and roast his primary backup.
High ankle sprains range wildly in recovery time from player to player. Foster playing against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 wouldn’t be surprising, but him missing a game or two also wouldn’t be a big surprise.
For now, we’re not likely to get much information on his status until the 49ers actually play the Seahawks, as Shanahan likes to play things close to the vest.