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49ers notes: Shanahan won’t scold linebackers over late-night scare with armed robbers

Kyle Shanahan said he doesn’t begrudge his 49ers players going out late at night like Reuben Foster and Ray-Ray Armstrong were when they were confronted on Monday.
Kyle Shanahan said he doesn’t begrudge his 49ers players going out late at night like Reuben Foster and Ray-Ray Armstrong were when they were confronted on Monday. The Bee

Kyle Shanahan said he’s not upset with linebackers Reuben Foster and Ray-Ray Armstrong over the early morning incident that left them running down a San Francisco street from gun-wielding robbers.

“It’s a reminder of how careful you’ve got to be,” Shanahan said. “I’m glad they got out of it OK. It sounded pretty dangerous. It was a pretty scary situation.”

According to a report on the matter, Armstrong, Foster and two other men were confronted by two men with guns outside a club in downtown San Francisco at 2 a.m. The two bolted from the scene and ended up at the St. Francis Hotel where they called police.

Foster declined to go into detail about what happened. He called it “scary” and “overwhelming” and said he spoke to teammates about the incident this week.

“They asked me and I told them just to be careful (about) going out, always watch your surroundings,” he said. “Because at the end of the day, you’ve got the logo and the target on your back that people want. … Always be aware of your surroundings and your friends you keep around you. Because you never know.”

The incident happened hours after the team had returned to the Bay Area following a 26-24 defeat in Washington. Shanahan noted that players aren’t due into the team facility until 1 p.m. on Mondays at which point they go over the film from the previous game.

He said Sunday nights are for NFL players what Friday night is for the rest of the population. He said he wanted his players to be cautious but didn’t begrudge his linebackers for being at a downtown club at that hour.

“I’m not going to get mad at a guy for putting in the work in all week and then deciding to go out and do what most people do at their age,” Shanahan said.

Foster hasn’t played since Week 1 when he suffered a high ankle sprain. Shanahan said he was “optimistic” Foster would play Sunday against the Cowboys. He said he was not nearly as optimistic last week, which was Foster’s first week of practice since the injury.

If Foster plays against Dallas, he will line up at middle linebacker and Armstrong likely will play weak-side linebacker.

Et cetera – Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (back) and defensive end Aaron Lynch (calf) missed Wednesday’s practice. Juszczyk hasn’t practiced since Oct. 6 and the 49ers have no other fullbacks on the squad.

▪ Armstrong (shoulder), linebacker Brock Coyle (shoulder) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (chest) were in blue, no-contact jerseys Wednesday and were limited participants in practice. Foster, nose tackle D.J. Jones (quadriceps) and linebacker Dekoda Watson (groin) also were limited.

▪ Defensive end Ronald Blair (hand) practiced with teammates on Wednesday. Blair remains on injured reserve, but he is eligible to practice this week. The earliest he can return to the 53-man roster is prior to the 49ers’ Week 9 game against Arizona.

Here are three San Francisco 49ers to watch against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, October 22, 2017: Reuben Foster, C.J. Beathard and Solomon Thomas.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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