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Reuben Foster activated off the PUP list; Joshua Garnett waived by the Lions

A couple of recent 49ers first-round picks were in the news Sunday morning

San Francisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

A couple of former San Francisco 49ers first-round picks were in the news Sunday morning. Reuben Foster, who suffered a major knee injury in May of 2019 that resulted in nerve damage to his foot, was activated off the PUP list for Washington on Sunday morning. Foster was always a big-time talent, but his off the field issues have plagued Foster’s career. Washington claimed Foster in November of 2018 after the Niners waived Foster after a domestic violence arrest.

The Lions waived Joshua Garnett Sunday morning. I remember how shocked the NFL Draft community was when the Niners traded up for Garnett. He was never that type of player. San Francisco traded up nine spots and gave Kansas City a fourth and a sixth-round selection in exchange for Kansas City’s first and seventh-round selections in 2016. Garnett seemed more like a mid-second rounder than a first-round talent. He didn’t have the athleticism to thrive in the NFL, and, unfortunately, it appears as his career may be over. We’ll see if another team gives Garnett an opportunity.

Hindsight is 2020, and you could do this with anybody, but the players available at No. 28 with Garnett still on the board won’t make you happy:

Chris Jones

Xavien Howard

Michael Thomas

Kevin Byard

Yannick Ngakoue