Edwards, Willis out; Staley, Roethlisberger in


Edwards, Willis out; Staley, Roethlisberger in

UPDATE: A power blackout has occurred at Candlestick Park at 5:10 p.m. More details to follow as they become available but Matt Maiocco is guessing that it could push back kickoff of Steelers-49ers.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Receiver Braylon Edwards, who has been nursing knee and shoulder ailments, is inactive for the 49ers' Monday night game against Pittsburgh Steelers.As expected, linebacker Patrick Willis (right hamstring) will miss the game, while left tackle Joe Staley is expected to start. Staley was cleared to return to action after sustaining a concussion last week.Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (left ankle) will be in uniform and is expected to start. Roethlisberger hobbled out to the field more than two hours before game time with a plastic, hinged brace on his ankle.

Willis went through rehab work before game with Mark Uyeyama, 49ers strength and conditioning coach. Though not running at full speed, Willis was clearly pushing his strained right hamstring more than a week ago.Brett Swain is active for the 49ers in place of Edwards, who will not suit up for the second time in three games. Also, cornerback Shawntae Spencer will be in uniform ahead of Tramaine Brock, who is inactive.Rookie offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore is active for the first time in his NFL career. The 49ers might use Kilgore as a blocker out of the backfield.Here is the list of inactive players for the 49ers-Steelers game:49ers inactives
LB Patrick Willis
WR Braylon Edwards
QB Scott Tolzien
CB Tramaine Brock
FB Moran Norris
T Mike Person
DT Ian WilliamsSteelers inactives
CB Curtis Brown
C Maurkice Pouncey
LB Chris Carter
DE Al Woods
OT Jamon Merdith
WR Emmanuel SandersAlso, OLB James Harrison is inactive, serving a one-game suspension.

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster is likely to be a spectator when the 49ers hold their rookie minicamp next week.

But Foster said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July. Recent national reports have suggested Foster would require another surgery on his right shoulder.

“That’s not accurate at all,” said Foster, who took part in a press conference on Friday after the 49ers selected him with the No. 31 overall pick in the draft on Thursday. “I’m fine. I’m on schedule.”

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.

He underwent surgery on his rotator cuff that forced him to sit out drills at the NFL scouting combine in February. Foster was sent home from Indianapolis after an argument with a hospital worker while he was waiting to undergo a physical.

There were reports Foster could require additional surgery after he went through the medical re-check in Indianapolis.

“I’m making big progress,” Foster said. “I’ll be limited in OTAs. Training camp, I’ll be full-go, but if it’s my decision, I think I can go now.”

Later, Foster said the 49ers have all of his medical information.

“I guarantee they have enough X-rays, exams, MRIs to know where I stand,” he said. “I had the surgery. They already knew how many weeks I was out.”

Foster dropped in the draft over apparent concerns about his shoulder and character issues. Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com on Thursday that Foster did not consult him before undergoing surgery.

"Look, the way we like for things to get handled, that didn't get handled," Saban said. "We have the best doctors in the world in Dr. (James) Andrews and Dr. (Lyle) Cain who operate on most NFL players and his agent chose to take him someplace else. I think (Andrews and Cain) have tremendous credibility.

"So, you know, all these choices and decisions that you make have consequences and I hate it for our players when they do it, but he didn't seek my advice in what he should do. So, if that was an issue, that was an issue. It shouldn't have been an issue but if it was, I don't really know much about it."

Report: 49ers TE Vance McDonald available for trade

Report: 49ers TE Vance McDonald available for trade

Vance McDonald is reportedly on the trade block.

The 49ers tight end is available, according to The Ringer's Michael Lombardi.

In December, McDonald inked a five-year extension, with the final two years being club options at base salaries of $5.5 million annually.

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported:

"McDonald receives a $7 million signing bonus, according to the figures obtained Tuesday by CSNBayArea.com. His base salary of $2.1 million for 2017 is fully guaranteed for skill and cap.

McDonald is scheduled to earn $3.7 million in base salary in 2018 and $4.2 million in 2019. In addition, McDonald has 46-man roster bonuses of $46,875 per game, which total $750,000 annually if he suits up for all 16 games. McDonald also has a scheduled $150,000              in annual workout bonuses for participating in 90 percent or more of the team’s offseason program.

The deal would make McDonald the 16th highest-paid tight end in the NFL if he collects all of his per-game roster bonuses.

If McDonald remains on the 49ers’ 90-man roster on April 1, 2018, all $3.7 million of his 2018 salary becomes fully guaranteed. If he’s on the roster on April 1, 2019, $3.2 million of his $4.2 base salary is fully guaranteed.

There are also incentives in the deal for receptions and receiving yards that begin with 55 receptions ($75,000) and 700 yards ($75,000)."

The 49ers took McDonald in the second round (55th overall) of the 2013 draft.

In 11 games last year, he caught 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns.

After making two selections in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, the 49ers enter Day 2 of the draft with two third-round picks -- No. 66 and No. 67 overall.

The 49ers also currently have two picks in the fourth round, two picks in the fifth round, two picks in the 6th round and one seventh round pick.