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Reuben Foster won't take part in 49ers' offseason program

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster appears for his arraignment at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose Reuben Foster won't take part in 49ers' offseason program
Kristopher Love | 17 April, 2018, 07:27

However, the San Francisco 49ers' second-year starter does face three felony counts - domestic violence, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possessing an assault weapon. The misdemeanor ammunition charge is expected to be dropped, according to the DA, because of a federal injunction.

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Foster was also charged with felony possession of an assault weapon and misdemeanor possession of a high-capacity magazine after officers found a Sig Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle in his home while investigating his girlfriend's domestic violence report. And I predict Foster will go to prison. According to local prosecutors, Foster's 28-year-old girlfriend had to flag down a passing auto after he threw her out of his Los Gatos house.

Foster was arraigned Friday in a San Jose courtroom, where Judge Nona Klippen ordered him not to contact the 28-year old girlfriend. According to the DA's press release, the alleged victim suffered bruises and a ruptured ear drum. Foster is free on $75,000 bail.

What do you think will happen to Foster?

Foster was arrested the morning of February 11 at a home on Shannon Road in Los Gatos after the woman, who has been in a relationship with Foster for several years, flagged down a stranger's vehicle to get help calling 911. "As previously stated, his future with the team will be determined by the information revealed during the legal process", the team announced in a statement. Foster was eventually arrested without incident. "This is way beyond a simple domestic violence case", says Steven Clark, legal analyst and former prosecutor. At this point San Francisco does not have a defined plan for how to give Foster structure while away from team activities, per Trotter, but that is something the 49ers hope to finalize when meeting with Foster.

The 49ers drafted Foster 31st overall previous year after questions about his health and character caused him to drop from being a possible top 10 pick. A blanket statement from the team described Thursday's charges as "disturbing" and that Foster "is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny".

The informal ban from offseason workouts at the facility does not preclude the 49ers from assisting Foster off the field, and that includes support from Lynch, front-office advisor Keena Turner and player engagement director Austin Moss.