On Friday, it appeared the only think keeping Reuben Foster from returning to the 49ers' defensive lineup was unforeseen setback with his injured ankle.
Two days later, the ankle is OK and the plan is for Foster to start at inside linebacker against the Cowboys. In that scenario, Foster is likely to be in the "Mike" linebacker role veteran NaVorro Bowman was in over the first five games.
That job calls from the player to wear a radio receiver in his helmet, to get the plays from the sideline and to huddle his teammates and deliver the play call.
“The ‘Mike’ linebacker, I get it, he’s look at like he’s a leader,” defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said Thursday. “But everyone can lead on this football team. Everyone can lead in life. It just depends on what you view as leadership.”
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Ray-Ray Armstrong, with whom Foster had an early-morning robbery scare on Monday, is the top candidate to play weak-side linebacker against Dallas.
As expected fullback Kyle Juszczyk (back) and defensive end Aaron Lynch (calf) are inactive. The 49ers have four tight ends in uniform today to compensated for Juszczy’s absence.
With Lynch and Arik Armstead (hand/IR) not available, both of the defensive linemen the team signed this week, Tony McDaniel and Leger Douzable, are in uniform and available.
For the first time since Week 1, Kentrick Bourne is active while fellow undrafted rookie Victor Bolden is down. Bolden has handled kickoffs the last five games; Raheem Mostert could have that task today.
FB Kyle Juszczyk
DE Aaron Lynch
OL Erik Magnuson
WR Victor Bolden
DE Pita Taumoepenu
LB Mark Nzeocha
DB Dexter McCoil
QB Kellen Moore
RB Darren McFadden
CB Chidobe AwuzieJ
LB Justin Durant
DE Damontre’ Moore
T Byron Bell
DE Benson Mayowa