Misdemeanor ammo charge dropped against Reuben Foster, felonies remain


SANTA CLARA, Calif. - When the San Francisco 49ers begin their offseason program Monday morning, linebacker Reuben Foster will not be joining them.

"As previously stated, [Foster's] future with the team will be determined by the information revealed during the legal process", the Niners' statement said Sunday.

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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 49ers released a statement attributed to chief executive officer Jed York, general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan on Sunday night saying that Foster will not be participating in team activities as he goes through the legal process stemming from his February 11 arrest.

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".

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.

The offseason program is the de facto start of the new season for players.

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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.

Foster also is facing a misdemeanor marijuana charge in Alabama.

If convicted of those crimes, Foster faces more than 11 years in prison, according to the DA's office.

"But we're going to remain supportive and try to help our players every way that we can", Saban said.

She was taken to a local hospital and treated for her injuries.

After pre-draft incidents previous year, Foster was already on a short leash. A second charge could lead to a lifetime ban.

"In the eventuality that the complaining party does not want to testify in court, you will see the DA proceed anyway because this is such an important case nationally because of the involvement of the National Football League and the issue of domestic violence and athletes", said Clark.