San Francisco 49ers

49ers pregame: No Reuben Foster in Washington

Rookie Reuben Foster is in uniform for the first time since Week 1.
Rookie Reuben Foster is in uniform for the first time since Week 1. The Bee

Reuben Foster will not be in uniform Sunday, the fifth straight game he has missed since suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 1.

Foster’s return, even in a limited capacity, was anticipated after he returned to practice Wednesday and especially after the team released linebacker NaVorro Bowman on Saturday. With Bowman gone, the plan is for Foster to eventually take over the "Mike" spot that Bowman had played.

However, the starting linebackers today will be Brock Coyle in the ‘Mike’ spot and Ray-Ray Armstrong in the weak-side position with Elijah Lee and Mark Nzeocha backing them up.

Foster played 11 snaps in Week 1 before suffering a high-ankle sprain while trying to tackle Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. After the game, Foster said he'd back the following week, but instead has missed five games while rehabilitating his lower leg. The 49ers have been abundantly cautious with their first-round pick this season. He was expected to miss 4-6 weeks; this is the fifth week since the injury occurred.

While Foster is inactive, safety Eric Reid (knee) is active for the first time since Week 2. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon is in uniform after missing most of last week’s game with concussion while defensive back Adrian Colbert is back after missing last week’s contest with a hamstring strain.

The 49ers will be without fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who is dealing with back and rib issues. They likely will make up for his absence with plenty of two-tight end formations and by using a tight end as an H-back. All four of their tight ends, including rookie Cole Hikutini, are active for the game. Hikutini is wearing No. 83.

49ers inactives:

LB Reuben Foster (ankle)

FB Kyle Juszczyk (back)

OL Erik Magnuson

CB Leon Hall

LB Dekoda Watson (groin)

WR Kendrick Bourne

DB Dexter McCoil

Redskins inactives

RB Rob Kelley

S Deshazor Everett

CB Josh Norman

LB Josh Harvey-Clemons

DL Anthony Lanier III

T Ty Nsekhe

TE Jeremy Sprinkle

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