Reuben Foster will not participate in 49ers team activities


Foster's attorney, Josh Bentley, requested a delay in entering a pleafor Foster because the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office had listed the charges against his client only a few hours earlier.

The charges came in the wake of an alleged domestic violence incident in which the 24-year-old National Football League player attacked his 28-year-old girlfriend on February 11 during an argument in their Los Gatos home.

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.

After being informed that a judge in San Diego issued an injunction prohibiting enforcement of this misdemeanor, the DA intends to ask the Santa Clara County Superior Court to dismiss the charge against Foster. His next plea date is April 30.

Linebacker Reuben Foster, arraigned last week on felony domestic violence and weapons charges, will not join his 49ers teammates Monday for the start of their voluntary, nine-week offseason program. "As previously stated, his future with the team will be determined by the information revealed during the legal process", the statement reads.

The 49ers hierarchy of CEO Jed York, coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch released a joint statement Sunday explaining the move: "Reuben Foster will not participate in team activities as he is tending to his legal matters". Foster's case is more serious and could last into the regular season.

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After Foster was charged last week, the Niners issued a statement saying they meant to follow the matter and noted that Foster "is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process".

The 28-year-old alleged victim, who was his live-in girlfriend at the time, reportedly suffered bruises and a ruptured eardrum from the altercation.

The girlfriend flagged down a stranger's vehicle driving on Shannon Road in order to call 911.

She was taken to a local hospital and treated for her injuries. Both are illegal to possess in California. He has been charged with second-degree marijuana possession. A second charge could lead to a lifetime ban.

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