49ers look at linebackers with Reuben Foster hurt

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49ers rookie linebacker Reuben Foster is set to miss some time after spraining his ankle in the season opener against the Panthers and that may lead the team to add a new player at the position to help fill the gap.

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the team worked out veterans Donald Butler and Sean Spence on Tuesday.

Butler played 14 games for the Dolphins last year, starting five times and recording 28 tackles. He did not sign with anyone this offseason.

Spence did sign with the Colts in March, but failed to make the team’s cut to 53 players earlier this month. He had 54 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in 15 appearances for the Titans last season.

Foster moved into the starting lineup this summer when Malcolm Smith was lost for the year with a torn pectoral muscle. That left Ray Ray Armstrong to take over for Foster when he was injured against Carolina.

2 responses to “49ers look at linebackers with Reuben Foster hurt

  1. But wait, they just picked up Ben Boulware off of the Panthers practice squad a week before their game. Why would they pick him up before the game and release him right after the game when they need linebackers? They wouldn’t just sign him to gather intel on the Panthers and then dump him when he’s no longer useful, would they? That would be kind of scummy, don’t you think?

  2. IMO, they don’t have a LB right now that can get to Wilson next Sunday on a blitz. Wilson will scramble for as long as he wants then shred the secondary. Unless they send Corners or Safeties on a blitz..

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