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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The 49ers aren't anointing Reuben Foster their next starting linebacker right away, but Carlos Hyde Jerseys they did offer the recent first-round pick a vote of confidence Monday.Foster received reps with the starters in practice next to NaVorro Bowman on Monday, minutes after San Francisco placed Malcolm Smith on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. Smith is scheduled for surgery and will likely miss the season.Foster will make his pro debut during Friday's preseason opener at Kansas City. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said Ray-Ray NaVorro Bowman Jerseys Armstrong will also get a chance to win the starting job at weak side linebacker."He needs reps. He's still a rookie," Saleh said of Foster. "The game is faster, the linemen are faster, they're stronger. The scheme is different. So, he just needs reps, over and over and over again. He just needs to get attacked, and all the different fundamentals that we're asking him to do, he needs to get attacked in those situations just so he understands what his weaknesses are within the scheme."Foster was once considered a top-10 Colin Kaepernick Jerseys prospect, but he fell to the 31st pick in the draft after having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. There were also questions about his behavior off the field after Foster was sent home Joe Montana Jerseys from the scouting combine for an altercation with a hospital employee while waiting for his physical.The former Alabama star missed the 49ers' offseason Jerry Rice Jerseys activities while recovering from the surgery and didn't appear in team drills until the start of training camp. During the first week of camp, he made three interceptions during 11-on-11 sessions and recovered a fumble while working with the reserves.