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Reuben Foster seems to be making strong progress rehabbing ankle injury

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NFL: Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers will almost assuredly not have linebacker Reuben Foster back this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals, but they could be getting him back sooner rather than later. The team is wrapping up their final practice of Week 4, and beat writers are seeing some good things from him.

Foster has not taken part in practice this week, instead focusing on rehabbing the ankle. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 1, and this week will mark his third straight game missed. A high ankle sprain recovery timeline can vary, but missing three or four games is right about where your run-of-the-mill high ankle sprain seems to fall in.

The 49ers travel to face the Indianapolis Colts next week, and then Washington the week after. If (big if) Foster returns to practice next week, I am curious to see how quickly he is activated on game day, and also how quickly he is back in the starting lineup. He is likely staying in good shape, but how quickly will he be in football shape?

The 49ers are 0-3 and building for the future, so one has to wonder if they will take a little longer in getting Foster back on the field. If the ankle is healed however, there is no reason not to play him. Yes, there are injury risks, particularly with Foster, but once he’s been fully cleared to play, sitting him doesn’t really serve the situation well. He’s going to have to play eventually, so you might as well get him back out there once he is ready to go.