Reuben Foster came away from Sunday’s game with 14 tackles and Adrian Peterson’s jersey.
“Seriously, I’m going to hang that up,” Foster said the Arizona Cardinals running back’s No. 23 jersey. “That’s a hall of famer.”
Peterson, 32, carried the ball 37 times for 159 yards in Arizona’s 20-10 victory, his highest rushing total since going for 203 yards against the Raiders in Week 10 of the 2015 season.
Sunday’s contest was the third Foster has played this season but the first he’s finished. The 49ers’ rookie linebacker did so with a flourish. His 14 stops not only were the most in the game, they were a season high for any 49ers defender. Former 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman had 11 in a Week 2 loss against Seattle.
“He leaves it all on the field,” safety Eric Reid said of Foster. “He’s fighting through some injuries himself. Not so much injuries, but he’s banged up, too. To have him out there – we need him.”
Foster’s previous two outings were cut short by injuries.
He played 11 snaps in Week 1 before suffering a high ankle sprain that cost him the next five games. He played 53 snaps in Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys but left with a rib injury.
He had to be helped off the field in the third quarter Sunday when he aggravated the ankle injury, and coach Kyle Shanahan said it was something that would continue to bother Foster throughout the season.
But Foster missed only two plays and the issue didn’t seem to slow him down when he returned to the field.
“I feel great, I feel blessed,” Foster said. “I’m not injured, I’m not hurting. I just want to go out there and do it for the fellas.”
Tartt’s injury – Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt are former high school teammates who wound up playing in the same secondary in the NFL. Now their seasons are over after they suffered the same injury – a fractured forearm.
Tartt’s came in the second quarter when he went low to tackle Cardinals tight end Troy Niklas. He had been playing free safety in place of Ward, whose own arm injury came on a similar hit last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The fractures left the 49ers with Reid at strong safety and a rookie, seventh-round pick Adrian Colbert, playing free safety, which likely will be his spot for the final seven games. Colbert finished with three tackles and nearly intercepted a deep pass down the sideline to Cardinals speedy wideout J.J. Nelson.
Hyde’s hands – A week after C.J. Beathard connected on only four of nine passes to running back Carlos Hyde, the two were in sync.
Against the Cardinals, nine of the 11 passes that went Hyde’s way were caught, and he finished with a game-high 84 receiving yards. That also was a career high for Hyde, who was ejected from the game following a fourth-quarter tussle that also ended with two Cardinals players, Haason Reddick and Frostee Rucker, being ejected.
Et cetera – Four 49ers rookies were injured in the game. Tight end Cole Hikutini (Pleasant Grove High School) suffered an MCL sprain, receiver Trent Taylor injured his ribs and linebacker Elijah Lee hurt his knee. Another rookie, tight end George Kittle, suffered a sprained ankle but remained in the game.
▪ Undrafted rookie Erik Magnuson started at right tackle for the 49ers, the first start of his NFL career. Another undrafted rookie, Darrell Williams, served as the team’s emergency tackle.
▪ Filling in for injured Pierre Garcon (neck), rookie Kendrick Bourne caught a 25-yard pass in the third quarter, the first of his NFL career. Bourne finished with two catches for 39 yards.