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.
The 49ers jettisoned Foster in recent days after he was arrested Saturday night on an allegation of domestic violence. Subject to waivers, the only team to put in a claim on the beleaguered linebacker was the Redskins. With his landing spot known, the NFL reacted with Foster's placement on the exempt list, which won't allow him to practice or attend games while the league investigates his most recent transgression. However, he "may be present at the club's facility on a reasonable basis for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation, and other permitted non-football activities," per Adam Schefter of ESPN. It appears as if Foster will be unavailable for Monday's game at Philadelphia and potentially beyond that point.
After being embroiled in yet another off-the-field issue this past weekend, the 49ers decided to cut ties with Foster. A first-round pick in the 2017 draft, he doesn't have a place in the Redskins' starting lineup with Zach Brown, Mason Foster and Preston Brown all taking on significant workloads. Preston Brown is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, though, so the team may be giving Reuben Foster a chance to see if he can be a part of its future. However, that future may include a suspension under the NFL's personal conduct policy.
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.
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