49ers say Reuben Foster will not participate in offseason program

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2018

The 49ers indicated Thursday no immediate action will be taken against linebacker Reuben Foster after he was formally charged with felony domestic violence. "Rueben Foster will not participate in team activities as he is tending to his legal matters". He is scheduled to meet with the team this week, a sitdown that could determine his future with the franchise.

Foster appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court for arraignment Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutors said the 24-year-old Foster attacked his girlfriend in February at their Los Gatos home, leaving her bruised and with an injured eardrum.

Per the release, the alleged victim flagged down a stranger's vehicle following an altercation with Foster in which he physically threw her out of their home, pulled her hair and punched her in the head eight to 10 times.

"The 49ers organization is aware of today's disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster".

NFL Network's Jim Trotter reported the NFL wouldn't place Foster on the commissioner's exempt list until the league wraps up is own investigation into the allegations.

It was a mutual decision by the Niners and Foster that he remain away from the team for the start of the offseason program, according to NFL Network's Jim Trotter.

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The 28-year-old is also charged with misdemeanor possession of a large caliber weapon.

The decision does not affect felony charges of domestic violence, forcefully attempting to dissuade a witness, and possession of an assault weapon - the latter in connection with a Sig Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle authorities seized from his home.

If convicted of those crimes, Foster faces more than 11 years in prison, according to the DA's office. In a statement, the 49ers organizations said: "We will continue to follow this serious matter". Both are illegal to possess in California.

The 49ers' move with Foster is similar to the one they made with former fullback Bruce Miller in 2015 after he was accused of shoving his girlfriend and destroying her cell phone. He has been charged with second-degree marijuana possession.

In addition to the aforementioned felony charges in California, Foster is also facing second-degree marijuana possession charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, after an arrest there on January 12. A second charge could lead to a lifetime ban.

Either case could lead to discipline from the National Football League, up to and including suspension.

Foster is coming off an outstanding rookie season despite suffering an ankle sprain that sidelined him for five games.

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