Foster will remain on the Commissioner's Exempt list and won't appeal the league's decision until his pending legal matter is resolved, an NFL source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. Foster isn't scheduled to appear in court until Jan. 3 after he was arrested Nov. 24 on a domestic violence battery charge, so this news essentially rules him out from playing again this season. Shortly after news of Foster's arrest surfaced, the 49ers waived the 24-year-old linebacker, with Washington putting in a claim Tuesday. Given Foster's history of multiple off-field incidents, it's likely he'll face a suspension once the legal process concludes.
The 49ers' release of Foster will become official Monday once the NFL's transaction wire resumes business, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN. Foster was listed among the 49ers' inactives for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. The team previously announced that the linebacker would be released following Foster's most recent off-field issue.
The 49ers released Foster (hamstring) on Sunday. San Francisco parted ways with the 2017 first-round pick just hours after he was arrested late Saturday at the team's hotel in Tampa, Fla. on charges of domestic-violence battery. Per Greg Auman of The Athletic, Foster made his first appearance in court to address the matter Sunday morning, but the 49ers weren't inclined to wait out the legal process given that the linebacker's numerous off-field incidents since joining the organization, including an arrest last April on domestic-violence charges, which were eventually dropped. If Foster's latest run-in with the law results in a conviction, it seems unlikely that the 24-year-old will ever suit up in the NFL again.
Foster was arrested Saturday at the 49ers' team hotel in Tampa, Fla. on a domestic-violence battery charge, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Foster missed the past two games with a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable on the team's official injury report for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. At the time of this report, Foster remains in jail and had not posted bond. After his latest transgression, Foster is very unlikely to play Sunday and could be cut loose by the 49ers, who previously announced a zero-tolerance domestic-violence policy. Foster's history of off-field problems won't help his case for remaining with the organization, as he missed the first two games of the season due to a suspension for violations of the NFL personal conduct and substances of abuse policies. Foster was arrested twice in the first month and a half of this year, first for marijuana possession and later for domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon. His accuser recanted the domestic-violence allegations and the charges were dropped. However, he's serving two years of probation for the misdemeanor weapons charge, which could compound his latest legal problems.
Foster (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. On the heels of the 49ers' bye, Foster logged limited practices all week. Clearly, his hamstring is still bothering him, but he appears to be closing in on putting an end to a two-game absence. In 16 career contests, Foster has averaged 6.3 tackles per game.