San Francisco 49ers

How will 49ers use Reuben Foster, Carlos Hyde on road against Washington Redskins?

Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster hasn’t played since injuring his ankle in the 49ers’ season opener. Foster, listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Washington, could see a high snap count if he’s good to play after the team released four-time All-Pro NaVorro Bowman.
Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster hasn’t played since injuring his ankle in the 49ers’ season opener. Foster, listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Washington, could see a high snap count if he’s good to play after the team released four-time All-Pro NaVorro Bowman. The Associated Press

Sunday’s 49ers game

Opponent: at Washington Redskins

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: Redskins by 11

Records: 49ers 0-5, Redskins 2-2

TV/radio: Ch. 40 (Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston), 680, 1320

Three things to watch

REUBEN’S ROLE

The 49ers wanted to slowly ease Reuben Foster back into action after he injured his ankle in the season opener. But now NaVorro Bowman’s no longer with the team. Does that alter their plans for Foster? And if the rookie does get into the game, will he see snaps at Bowman’s former “Mike” linebacker spot as well as the “Will” linebacker position that he’s mainly played to this point?

FULLBACK FALLBACK

The 49ers have just one fullback on the roster, Kyle Juszczyk, and he won’t play due to a back injury. Coach Kyle Shanahan has said he wants to run the ball more, but that will be hard without a lead blocker. Look for more two-tight end sets and for former Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen to have his busiest game of the season.

CARLOS COMEBACK

Did the quasi-benching Carlos Hyde received in the second half of last week’s game light a fire beneath him? The 49ers are hoping so. Hyde’s focus has tended to wane at times and perhaps the prospect of splitting snaps with rookie Matt Breida has put the veteran in the right frame of mind. Despite a down game last week, Hyde remains on track for his best season.

Injury report

49ERS

Out: FB Kyle Juszczyk (back)

Questionable: S Adrian Colbert (hamstring), LB Reuben Foster (ankle), S Eric Reid (knee), LB Dekoda Watson (groin), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion)

REDSKINS

Out: CB Josh Norman (rib), T Ty Nsekhe (core muscle)

Doubtful: S Deshazor Everett (hamstring), RB Rob Kelley (ankle)

Questionable: T Trent Williams (knee)

Schedule

Date

Opponent

Outcome

Sept. 10

vs. Carolina

L, 23-3

Sept. 17

at Seattle

L, 12-9

Sept. 21

vs. L.A. Rams

L, 41-39

Oct. 1

at Arizona

L, 18-15

Oct. 8

at Indianapolis

L, 26-23

Date

Opponent

Time

Oct. 15

at Washington

10 a.m.

Oct. 22

vs. Dallas

1:05 p.m.

Oct. 29

at Philadelphia

10 a.m.

Nov. 5

vs. Arizona

1:05 p.m.

Nov. 12

vs. N.Y. Giants

1:25 p.m.

Nov. 26

vs. Seattle

1:05 p.m.

Dec. 3

at Chicago

10 a.m.

Dec. 10

at Houston

10 a.m.

Dec. 17

vs. Tennessee

1:25 p.m.

Dec. 24

vs. Jacksonville

1:05 p.m.

Dec. 31

at L.A. Rams

1:25 p.m.

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