49ers cleared Reuben Foster’s shoulder, but some teams didn’t


The 49ers chose linebacker Reuben Foster with the 31st overall pick in the draft and later said that they were so high on Foster they would have drafted him with the third overall pick if Solomon Thomas had been off the board. So why did so many other teams pass on Foster if the 49ers were so high on him?

A big reason is that Foster has a history of shoulder injuries. Foster had shoulder surgery three months ago, and one source told Adam Schefter of ESPN “The surgery didn’t take.” For some teams, that was apparently enough to take him off their draft boards.

But not every team: The 49ers’ medical staff thinks Foster’s shoulder will be just fine. And we know the 49ers weren’t the only team to give Foster’s shoulder a passing grade because the Saints were about to draft Foster with the 32nd overall pick before the 49ers took him 31st. New Orleans must have been comfortable with Foster’s shoulder.

So either some teams’ medical staffs were too lax with giving Foster’s shoulder a clean bill of health, or other teams’ medical staffs were overly cautious. We won’t know which side was right until we see whether Foster’s shoulder affects him as a 49er.

21 responses to “49ers cleared Reuben Foster’s shoulder, but some teams didn’t

  1. Congrats to Lynch for stealing a few draft picks from the Bears. But don’t tell us you would of drafted Foster #3 overall if the Bears had taken Solomon. Nobody believes that for one second.

  2. Because the Niners are always smarter than the other teams. That’s why they were picking 2nd.

  3. Wait, you mean it wasn’t the failed/diluted drug test? And here I thought the league and fans were worried about kids with potential character issues.

  4. When it comes to a first round pick and many millions of dollars it’s smart to be “overly cautious”. Especially when you’re talking about someone who is injury prone.

  5. jtbauden –

    let’s leave the unborn babies alone and use the better alternative……….adult stem cells

  6. There’s almost no point speculating on this. We’ll know in 5 years. His shoulder will either hold up or it won’t. It is fair to wonder however, if other GM’s who are more experienced in these matters took him off their board after weighing the risks. I could see Lynch as a young GM who hasn’t been burned yet getting over-aggressive on a “name” guy who other GM’s know isn’t worth the risk.

  7. Regardless of initial intent. the SAINTS dogged a character bullet in not getting this pick. Congrats to SF?

  8. Its a rotator cuff injury “COME ON” this has to be a joke…He is not throwing a ball and therefore he can just take shots to numb the pain each game if he had too. Its not going to stop him from exploding through ball carriers… I would be more concerned if it was a leg injury or a back injury but a “ROTATOR CUFF” LOL this is a LB not a QB or a Pitcher for the SF Giants.

  9. Every team has their own selection criteria for players.
    Since the Pats only had between 50 – 75 players on their draft board. They weeded out a lot of players for various reasons. Ajai was one player whose stock took a free fall because of a bone-to-bone condition. Miami is lucky to have him. Hopefully, SF will feel the same way about Foster.

  10. Another 49er who was a tackling machine and who had shoulder problems in college was Chris Borland. Let’s hope Foster has a long career with the Niners.

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