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49ers' McDonald does not practice but expects to play vs. Saints

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49ers' McDonald does not practice but expects to play vs. Saints

SANTA CLARA -- Defensive end Ray McDonald, nursing a right hamstring strain, did not practice on Tuesday.McDonald, who sat out a game in November with a left hamstring strain, said this injury is not as bad. When asked earlier Tuesday about McDonald and Justin Smith, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said, "They're fine."Neither Smith, who is nursing a sore knee, nor McDonald practiced last week. Smith was suited up for practice and went through individual drills. Both are expected to be available Saturday when the 49ers face the New Orleans Saints in an NFC divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park.RELATED: Walker to be re-examined on Monday
Tight end Delanie Walker (fractured jaw) was seen working out on a side field during the portion of practice Tuesday that was open to the media. Walker said he is scheduled to be re-examined on Monday and hopes to be cleared to play if the 49ers advance to the NFC Championship game.

49ers bring linebacker Skov back into the mix

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49ers bring linebacker Skov back into the mix

The 49ers signed LB Shayne Skov to a one-year deal, the team announced on Thursday.

Skov (6-3, 247) rejoins the 49ers after spending the previous three years (2014-16) with the team. In his career, he has appeared in 24 games and registered two tackles and 12 tackles on special teams. He was waived by the team on May 2, 2017.

A 27-year-old native of San Francisco, CA, Skov attended Stanford University, where he registered 355 tackles, 40.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and 13 passes defensed for the Cardinal. He was named a First-Team All-Pac-12 and Second-Team All-American selection in 2013.

Skov will wear number 46.

Shoulder injury will keep Foster out of contact drills vs Broncos

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Shoulder injury will keep Foster out of contact drills vs Broncos

SANTA CLARA – Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster will be held out of contact drills on Thursday in a joint practice with the Denver Broncos due to a shoulder injury, the 49ers announced.

A team official described Foster’s injury as a “mild AC joint sprain” and unrelated to the surgery he underwent in February on his right shoulder. The 49ers medical staff was seen working on his right shoulder Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Afterward, 49ers general manager John Lynch said he spoke to Foster and he did not believe there was any significant issue.

Said Lynch, “I talked to him and like Reuben, big smile, said, ‘I’m straight.’ And, so he’s good. He’s straight.”

Foster, who was medically cleared to take part in full contract drills on the eve of training camp, has not missed a practice this summer. He also played 27 snaps in the 49ers’ exhibition opener last week against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Foster’s right shoulder was reportedly a topic of concern among NFL teams. Foster said he sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

Considered a Top 10 draft pick, Foster was not chosen until the 49ers traded up from the second round, in a deal with the Seattle Seahawks, to select him with the No. 31 overall pick.