49ers Reuben Foster Wants To Return In Sweet Fashion

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Linebacker Reuben Foster really, really, really wants to play for the first time since the 49ers season opener. How bad? As desperate as a kid at your door on Halloween.

“I hope the doctors officially clear me, but I don’t know,” Foster said Thursday. “Hopefully they see, you know, a child in me, like, ‘Want a candy?’

“I want some candy. Let me have some candy.”

#49ers Reuben Foster really wants to play … as bad as a kid wanting candy pic.twitter.com/HYh6SZKHBC

— Cam Inman (@CamInman) October 12, 2017

Foster, a first-round draft pick, sustained a high-ankle sprain 11 snaps into his NFL debut. He resumed practicing on Wednesday, impressing defensive coordinator Robert Saleh with how flawless he was in terms of communications and assignments.

To see the way he commanded the huddle and the way he got people lined up, it was very encouraging,” Saleh said.

Added Foster: “I’m ready, and whatever the doctors say goes.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Foster has had done well in practice but they’ll “be smart” and limit his playing time. “I don’t expect to throw him out for a full 60 to 80 plays, so we have to be smart with him,” Shanahan told KNBR 680-AM. “Hopefully he’ll continue to improve (Friday), we’ll have a little package and we’ll see how the game goes for him.”

Foster’s return won’t mean NaVorro Bowman is leaving the starting lineup, Saleh added. Rather, Foster likely will be mixed back into the weak-side linebacker role with Ray-Ray Armstrong, who’s improved in recent games in place of Foster.

Bowman, for the first time in his career, came out a couple series last game as the coaches wanted to keep him fresh, much to the eighth-year veteran’s dismay.

“I would expect Bowman to be the most angry human being on earth,” Saleh said. “I’d expect nothing else. I’d expect him to fight tooth and nail to come off the field, and I’d expect him to fight tooth and nail to go back on the field.

“That’s why Bowman is a special player and has been fantastic through his career. It is not uncomfortable (subbing him), because we’re all men, all professionals and all have jobs to do. No doubt, Bo will perform at great lengths as all our defense will if we can get our snaps down.”

— Fullback Kyle Jusczcyk (back) missed his second straight day of practice.

— Four Washington starters haven’t practiced this week: left tackle Trent Williams (knee), cornerback Josh Norman (rib), running back Rob Kelley (ankle) and safety Deshazor Everett (hamstring).

— Brian Hoyer is looking to become the first 49ers quarterback to throw for 300 yards in back-to-back games since Jeff Garcia did it in 2000. Hoyer passed for 353 yards in Sunday’s overtime loss at Indianapolis. The 15th-ranked Washington pass defense is allowing 222.5 yards per game.

Hoyer threw for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter last game. “Hopefully (we) build on that and then execute more especially when it gets to the red area,” said Hoyer, who was just 1-of-4 for 5 yards in overtime.

— The 49ers defense’s 10 sacks the past two games are the most in the NFL over that span, as are Elvis Dumervil’s 3 1/2 sacks.

— Bowman, left tackle Joe Staley and wide receiver Pierre Garcon returned to practice after getting Wednesday off to rest.

— Limited were linebackers Foster, Ray-Ray Armstrong (shoulder) and Dekoda Watson (groin); tight end George Kittle (chest); defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (knee); safeties Eric Reid (knee), Jimmie Ward (shoulder) and Adrian Colbert (hamstring); and, CB Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion). Nose tackle D.J. Jones (back) practiced in full.

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