It is a heavy loss to the 49ers, who had offered a five-year contract and $ 26.5 million to the former of the Oakland Raiders during the off-season.
Veteran Ray-Ray Armstrong was the first to replace Smith during practice after Foster in recent days transitioned from WILL linebacker to MIKE, which is Bowman's position. Williams broke into the National Football League as an undrafted rookie in 2014 after a minicamp tryout with the Cleveland Browns, sparking his connection to Kyle Shanahan and now-49ers secondary coach Jeff Hafley.
Fantasy Impact Smith was primed for a solid IDP season playing behind a massive line in front of him and playing next to an all-pro in NaVorro Bowman to attract all the attention off of him.
"That would be a big (injury) for us, just because we've been getting so many reps together, jelling together", Bowman said. In April, San Francisco selected Foster with the 31 choice in the NFL Draft. He will miss time, but likely will not be lost for the season. He ascended to working with the second string this week during team drills after being limited in the offseason program while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Also listed on the injury report was linebacker Malcolm Smith. "I think at linebacker you have to smart, patient, know when you can shoot your gun and go make those plays". He was expected to be a large part of San Francisco's defense this year.
Garnett, a first-round pick in 2016, was competing with Zane Beadles for the starting left guard spot after starting 11 games at right guard as rookie.
"Neither one of them are good news", Shanahan said.