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Reuben Foster update
rlkmwyatt: How is Reuben Foster’s rehab progressing?
JC: But the reality is that because the team hasn’t been practicing together this offseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to get a read on exactly how Foster is progressing.
What I can tell you is this. It was reported in January that Foster had sustained nerve damage when he suffered the brutal knee injury that sidelined him for the 2019 campaign. He had lost feeling in his toes for several months, but as of January, feeling had come back. So, that’s a positive sign that six months ago he was heading in the right direction.
Beyond that, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio expressed confidence that Foster will be ready to play at least from a mental standpoint in a late-May press conference. But Del Rio indicated that it’s all about whether or not Foster gets clearance to play, as transcribed by AL.com’s Mark Inabinett.
"I think he’s done a good job of trying to be involved in the meetings and we’ve approached it as though he’ll be there, and then we’ll see whether we get the clearance or not for him to actually go. But in terms of the mental approach and in terms of his participation in the meetings and being up to date with the install and getting the coaching and all that, he’s been on point with that, so the part we can’t impact right now is where he is with his rehab and whether he gets the clearance to go. But he’s working hard doing all the things he can with us in the virtual meetings and absorbing all the information about what we’re going to expect out of him as a linebacker."
I wish I had a better answer for you, rlkmwyatt. But at this point, it doesn’t seem like anyone knows whether or not Foster will be available — not even the coaching staff. Once training camp is officially here, we should have a better understanding of how he’s progressing. But for the time being, while we assume Foster is still trending in the right direction, it’s just impossible to know how he’s doing without having seen him at OTAs and other offseason activities.