Reuben Foster will not participate in 49ers team activities

Annette Crawford
April 16, 2018

The San Francisco 49ers announced Sunday that Reuben Foster - who has been charged with felony domestic violence and possession of an assault weapon - will not participate in the team's off-season drills slated to start this week.

"[Foster] will not participate in team activities as he is tending to his legal matters", 49ers CEO Jed York, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan said in a statement, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 49ers said in a statement that Foster's future with the team will be "determined by the information revealed during the legal process".

The charges stem from an incident on February 11, when the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department responded to a possible disturbance at a Los Gatos home and ended up arresting Foster. Foster's next court date is schedule for April 30 after his attorney on Thursday requested Foster's plea hearing get pushed back after the Santa Clara District Attorney came forward with charges earlier in the day.

Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence after being accused of attacking his girlfriend, authorities said. Prosecutors released new details Thursday saying Foster dragged the victim by the hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times, leaving her with a ruptured eardrum.


He faces allegations that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempted to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possession of an assault weapon.

The San Francisco 49ers will start their offseason program on Monday, but linebacker Reuben Foster won't be there.

All other 49ers players are expected for Monday's first workout, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who two months ago signed the biggest contract in National Football League history (five years, $137.5 million). He also faces a misdemeanor charge for possession of a large-capacity weapon magazine. And I predict Foster will go to prison. One of the things that we try to teach our players here, there are consequences for good and bad behavior. "We will continue to follow this serious matter", the statement read. The judge also issued a no-contact order between him and the victim.

Foster was limited in last year's offseason program as he recovered from pre-draft surgery on his right rotator cuff. The voluntary sessions begin with strength and conditioning, then move to on-field work with coaches and finally the so-called OTA practice sessions, which end in June.

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