The NFL will finally change a rule that barred rookies from participating in organized team activities (OTAs) if their school was still in session, according to Pro Football Talk.
This is going to sound familiar, but there’s no injury on the 49ers that matters more right now than linebacker Reuben Foster’s high ankle sprain. Foster appeared to be on the verge of a return last week, but coach Kyle Shanahan resisted the urge to bring Foster back, despite an apparent flood of hope that he could return. “A lot of guys in this building wanted him to play pretty bad, and I know Reuben did,” Shanahan said. “He was close all week. But I didn’t think he put together three days 100 percent like we wanted him to, and I just had to go against what we wanted, and I felt like it was much better for Reuben. It was tough to do, but I’m glad we did it.” Shanahan said Wednesday that he is “very optimistic” that Foster will return this week. — Nick Wagoner
With word that left guard Luke Joeckel will be out for another month or so following knee surgery, the biggest question mark on the injury front is Michael Bennett. The bye week allowed him to rest the plantar fascia foot injury he suffered in Week 5, and though Bennett didn’t practice Wednesday, he said he plans to play Sunday against the Giants. “He feels like he’s going to play, but he’s going to need all these days to keep healing,” coach Pete Carroll said. Bennett’s availability would be significant not only because he plays more than any other Seattle defensive linemen when healthy but also because the Seahawks are already without their other Pro Bowl defensive end, Cliff Avril, who’s out indefinitely with a neck/spine injury. — Brady Henderson