The San Francisco 49ers welcomed Reuben Foster back to practice last week, and it would appear he is going to take some time working his way up the depth chart. On Wednesday, the 49ers held their second open practice of OTAs, and Foster was seen doing work with the strength and conditioning staff and individual drills. When team drills got started, he did not participate.
Fooch’s update: Robert Saleh talked about Foster’s return. He said the linebacker is in great shape, but the team did not want to rush him back into practice. Saleh expects he will be practicing in full soon.
The 49ers excused Foster from the offseason workout program while he was addressing his legal issues in Santa Clara. He was formally excused on April 12th after he was charged with three felonies in connection to a February arrest. Two of the three charges have since been dropped, with the third reduced from a felony weapons charge to a misdemeanor.
Foster missed the first two phases of the 49ers offseason workout program, which opened April 16th. He re-joined the team last week at the final day of their first week of OTAs. He has been working out away from the team, and while he can set up his own program, he was also missing out on the classroom portion of things.
He’ll work his way back to the team drills side of things, but in the meantime, he can work his way fully back into practice shape. There’s no indication he’s not in good shape, but there’s a difference between that and working back into more formal football shape. That leaves him a little behind everybody else, but he’s got a coupld more weeks to get more work in before the end of minicamp.