Kyle Shanahan spoke on KNBR Thursday morning. Here’s what he said about Reuben Foster’s shoulder. Does Shanahan’s statement reassure you?
Q: ESPN reported that Reuben Foster’s shoulder surgery was ineffective and it didn’t take and his shoulder could give out at any time. Is this a case of other teams covering their rear ends fir not drafting him?
SHANAHAN: I think it’s a little bit of both. There are 32 teams and everyone has their own doctors and everyone goes through a process. You look back to John Ross, a lot people thought he was going to go really late because a lot of teams had stuff on him. But obviously Cincy felt different, they took him early in the draft so they felt good about it.
Our doctors do a great job, they looked into everything with Reuben and met with him. Our doctors felt good about his shoulder. They thought it was recovering well. They didn’t have the same report a lot of other teams did. You never know who’s going to end up being right, everyone’s trying to do their best to figure it out. But no one can tell the future.
I look at it as you go with what your doctors say. Then you always think about, ‘What about the worst-case scenario? What if it is true?’ The worst-case scenario is the shoulder doesn’t heal correctly and you’ve got to do it again. When you have to do it again, you have to get another surgery, so it’d be tough to play this year and you’d end up having him the next year.
It’s not something that would hurt him long term. So the worst-case scenario, he wouldn’t be able to play for us right away. But I still don’t think that would have changed how I personally felt about taking a guy with the 31st pick with the caliber of player that we took.