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49ers reportedly work out Sean Spence, Donald Butler in wake of Reuben Foster injury

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The 49ers are working out linebackers with rookie Reuben Foster sidelined by a high ankle sprain.

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The San Francisco 49ers have worked out free agent linebackers Sean Spence and Donald Butler on Tuesday, according to Field Yates of ESPN. The workouts in the wake of first-round pick Reuben Foster’s high ankle sprain.

There is no timetable on Foster’s injury, and the 49ers have only said that it’s not as serious as it first appeared. A high ankle sprain can vary wildly in recovery time, so there are few surprises when it comes to Foster. He could miss a game, or he could miss five games. I’m not an injury expert, but that’s typically how it goes.

As such, the 49ers need some more depth at linebacker. Kyle Shanahan was complimentary of Ray-Ray Armstrong in relief of Foster in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers, but everyone else watching thought Armstrong was fairly poor in his outing. Maybe going into a week of practice preparing for a starting role against the Seattle Seahawks will help him out.

Spence, 27, was a third-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, and last spent time with the Indianapolis Colts on their offseason roster this year. He’s been with the Steelers, Colts and Tennessee Titans. He has 122 tackles and five sacks in the NFL.

Butler, 28, was a third-round pick by the San Diego Chargers in 2010. He’s spent time with the Chargers, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. He has a lot more experience than Spence, with 401 tackles, seven sacks, five forced fumbled, six fumble recoveries, three interceptions and two defensive touchdowns over the course of his career, the bulk of which came with the Chargers.