Linebacker Reuben Foster appears to be “good to go” for this weekend’s game against the Eagles in Philadelphia, coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday, one day after Foster twice had to be helped to the sideline while clutching his right side.
Shanahan said previously that Foster was cleared to return to the final minutes of Sunday’s 40-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys but that coaches felt it more prudent to hold him out at that point. Foster had an X-ray on his ribs Sunday and an MRI on Monday.
“He should be good to go,” Shanahan said. “We’ll re-check it (Tuesday). He was real sore today. But the MRI and X-rays were negative.”
Sunday’s game was Foster’s first since suffering a high ankle sprain 11 plays into the Week 1 contest. The rookie started at the same “Mike” linebacker spot that veteran NaVorro Bowman played earlier this year and, like Bowman, he called the plays and organized the defense.
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“He’s done a great job,” Eric Reid said of relaying the plays. “We communicate the checks together, make sure we’re all on the same page, get the front lined up. He’s been doing a great job.”
The new-look 49ers defense allowed a season-high 501 yards of offense, including 147 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Cowboys tailback Ezekiel Elliott. Foster finished with five tackles, including one for a loss.
Like all of the 49ers linebackers, and even the safeties, he had his hands full with a big and aggressive Cowboys offensive line that continually made its way into San Francisco’s defensive backfield.
Hall’s return? – Shanahan said he wouldn’t rule out nickel cornerback K’Waun Williams (quadriceps) yet, but that he was unlikely to play against the Eagles. That could mean a return by veteran Leon Hall, whom the team released last week after a short stint.
Hall, 32, has played outside cornerback, nickel cornerback and safety in his 10 years in the NFL. Shanahan said the decisions on nickel cornerback were ongoing and “fluid” but that “there’s a good chance we will have to bring Leon back.”
Free safety Jimmie Ward had to move to nickel cornerback when Williams was hurt Sunday.
Another new guy? – The NFL Network reported the 49ers have agreed to contract terms with former first-round draft pick Datone Jones, a defensive end.
San Francisco signed two free-agent linemen, Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel, last week. Both played extensively against the Cowboys.
Jones, 27, was a first-round pick by Green Bay in 2013. The Packers hoped he’d become a potent edge rusher, but he never had more than 3 1/2 sacks in his four seasons with the team. Jones was picked up and released by both the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions this season.