The good news for the 49ers is defensive end Arik Armstead says he should be ready when his team opens the season on Monday, Sept. 12. The bad news is the 2015 first-round draft pick may eventually need surgery on the injured left shoulder that’s held him out of the preseason thus far.
Matt Maiocco for CSN Bay Area writes that Armstead has not been forthcoming about what exactly is wrong with the shoulder, only to say it’s not a bruise. However, the 22-year-old did reveal whatever it is may lead him to have surgery at some point down the road.
“It may. It just depends,” said Armstead, whose left shoulder was wrapped in ice. “I feel good right now. Just keep my maintenance up with it. I’ll be fine.”
How far in the future a potential surgery might be is the question. Armstead played in all 16 games as a rookie, making one start and finishing with 19 tackles and 2.0 sacks. The 49ers are hoping to pair him with veteran nose tackle Glenn Dorsey and seventh-overall pick DeForest Buckner to complete one of the biggest, toughest three-man fronts in the NFL.