Foster (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports. This news suggests Foster indeed suffered a severe knee injury that could possibly involve damage to his ACL. Hunter Henry tore his ACL on May 22 last year, but the Chargers placed him on the Physically Unable to Perform list and Henry eventually returned for the playoffs. The fact Washington is placing Foster on IR right away doesn't bode well for the young linebacker. Washington signed Jon Bostic on Wednesday to take his place on the roster, but Shaun Dion Hamilton and Cole Holcomb could also make a case for snaps alongside Mason Foster.
Foster is believed to have suffered a torn ACL in addition to further damage to his left knee during Monday's OTAs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Foster was carted off the field with an air cast on the knee after sustaining the injury on one of the first plays of 11-on-11 work. Per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, the additional damage may be an issue with an artery in his leg. Assuming the diagnosis is confirmed, the 25-year-old should miss the 2019 season.
Foster (undisclosed) was carted off the field during Monday's OTAs Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports. The injury happened on one of the first plays of 11-on-11 work at Washington's OTAs. According to Les Carpenter of The Washington Post, Foster's left knee was placed in an air cast before he was placed on the cart. There will be more information after Washington finishes practice for the day, but this appears to be a potentially significant injury for the third-year linebacker.
The NFL has reinstated Foster without any suspension, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. Foster is immediately eligible to participate in all team activities but will need to pay a fine of two game checks. The NFL released a statement Friday afternoon saying evidence in its investigation didn't support a previous finding that Foster had violated the league's personal conduct policy during a November incident in the Tampa area. The 2017 first-round pick was released by the 49ers shortly after his Nov. 24 arrest for a charge of domestic battery. Washington claimed the linebacker off waivers two days later and he then spent the rest of 2018 on the commissioner's exempt list.
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.
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