SANTA CLARA — Reuben Foster didn’t practice with the 49ers Wednesday afternoon. He practiced next to them on a side field, under the supervision of the team’s head strength and conditioning trainer, Ray Wright.
Foster shuffled left and right over raised pads that looked like speed bumps, shuffled back and forth, back and forth. He did the typical warmup routine for the 49ers’ inside linebackers, and did it alone.
Wednesday was Foster’s first practice this offseason in front of the media. He joined the 49ers for OTAs last Thursday after a judge dismissed three felony charges against him. The 49ers did not make him available to speak on Wednesday.
“He is in great shape,” said 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh after practice. “He could have went today. He could have went the first day he was allowed back. But, just like all the other guys, they’ve had a due process, a Phase 1, Phase 2, going through all the different phases of the offseason. We’re just giving him a chance to get back into it. Don’t rush him. There’s no need. Hopefully, we can get him practicing soon.”
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