Reuben Foster has been given the green light to begin terrorizing NFL offenses as the former Alabama linebacker was cleared to take part in training camp with the San Francisco 49ers.
Foster, who had been dealing with a shoulder injury throughout the draft process, got the good news on Wednesday and shared it with 49ers fans this afternoon on Twitter.
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“Guess what? It’s training camp and the kid just got cleared yesterday and I’m so excited,” Foster said on the team’s Twitter account. “We’re going to have an exciting season, an exciting training camp and I can’t wait.”
The 49ers will have their first practice on Friday afternoon, and Foster is set for full participation.
The team selected the Auburn, Ala. native with the No. 31 overall pick in the draft after leading the Crimson Tide with 115 tackles on the way to winning the Butkus Award for nation’s best linebacker.
Foster’s rotator cuff injury, which he suffered in Alabama’s national semifinal win against Washington, caused him to drop to the No. 31 spot after many projected him to be a top-10 pick.
San Francisco still clearly wanted the ball-hawking Foster, making a deal with the Seattle Seahawks to trade up from the top of the second round to snag him. He’s expected to compete for a starting job at weakside linebacker.