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Rookie Reuben Foster laments the one that got away in his first NFL action

Rookie Reuben Foster laments the one that got away in his first NFL action
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster stops Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware during the first half of an NFL preseason game in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster stops Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware during the first half of an NFL preseason game in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (

Rookie Reuben Foster “needs reps over and over and over again,” San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. So in San Francisco’s first preseason game on Friday night, the first-round draft choice from Alabama stayed on the field for 27 snaps with the 49ers’ defense in the first half.

“It went well. It went great. It went awesome,” Foster told reporters in the locker room after San Francisco’s 27-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. “It’s wonderful just to be back in the game mode, just to go that fast and just to hit and thump.”

There was one drawback for Foster, though, and his teammates let him know about it, too.

“A lot of guys were teasing me about the pass breakup,” Foster said. “I could have caught a pick. They were talking about all the picks at practice,…

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