Foster (suspension) is working with defensive coordinator Robert Saleh on adjusting his approach to get off blocks, with the hope that the improvement in technique results in better shoulder health down the road, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Foster's shoulder injury at the end of his college career at Alabama was one of the main reasons he slid to the 49ers at the end of the first round in the 2017 draft. Saleh is making an effort to improve the young linebacker's extension when engaged with blockers so that he can get off the block quicker and put himself in a squared-up position before making contact with ball carriers. The school of thought here is that Foster's improved positioning should help him avoid awkward tackling positions that could jeopardize his vulnerable shoulders. The 24-year-old missed five games last season with various injuries, so any improvement in his ability to stay healthy is certainly a benefit to the team and IDP owners alike. Foster will sit out the first two games of the season due to off-field incidents this past offseason, but he should still be the 49ers' top IDP performer even with the suspension.
Foster pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor weapons charge and was sentenced to two years of probation and 240 hours of community service, David Lombardi of The Athletic Bay Area reports. Assuming he completes the terms of his probation, Foster's legal worries are now behind him following a tumultuous offseason. Even so, Foster could still be on the hook for a suspension under the NFL's personal conduct policy while the league continues to review multiple incidents. In any case, Foster's path appears clear to sticking on the 49ers' roster in 2018 and resuming his role as the team's starting middle linebacker at some point in 2018.
Felony charges against Foster were dropped Wednesday after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to proceed with domestic violence accusations against the linebacker, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Foster faced three felony charges in relation to a February arrest involving his girlfriend, who later recanted her claims of domestic violence. With the charges now dropped, Foster has a clear path to return to the 49ers for his second NFL season. However, Maiocco adds that Foster remains on the hook for a misdemeanor charge for possession of an assault weaponm so he could still be facing discipline from the league in advance of the 2018 campaign.
The judge in Foster's case indicated Thursday that he will rule on whether or not there is enough evidence to proceed to trial May 23, Evan Sernoffsky of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Foster's former girlfriend recanted her story during the hearing Thursday, improving his chances of having the case dropped. If he's able to avoid charges, the second-year linebacker could have a solid opportunity to keep his spot atop the depth chart. However, general manager John Lunch did note that the team would release Foster if the charges were proven to be true.
Foster will not participate in team activities as his legal process plays out, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports. Foster is facing three felony charges from his February arrest. There is no clear timeline on how long it might take for the process to reach its conclusion.
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