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49ers linebacker Reuben Foster charged with felony domestic violence

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster charged with felony domestic violence

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was officially charged with felony domestic violence stemming from his February arrest after an incident involving his live-in girlfriend, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday morning.

Foster, 24, physically attacked the 28-year-old woman during an argument at their Los Gatos home, leaving her bruised and with a ruptured ear drum, according to the DA’s office. Foster is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Hall of Justice in San Jose.

According to the DA’s office, Foster faces felony charges of domestic violence with an allegation "he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon.” All are felony charges. Foster is also charged with misdemeanor possession of a large capacity weapon magazine.

If convicted, Foster faces more than 11 years in prison, according to the DA’s office.

“Our focus is on holding accountable those who hurt their intimate partners,” prosecutor Kevin Smith said in a statement. “Our office handles between 4,000 and 5,000 domestic violence cases each year. We only hope that this case illuminates the tragic regularity of the rest.”

According to the DA’s office, the alleged victim flagged down a stranger’s car driving on Shannon Road to call police on Feb. 11. She told responding sheriff’s deputies and Los Gatos police that Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times.

The alleged victim was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for her injuries, and released, according to the DA’s report. In a subsequent search of Foster’s home, officers found a Sig Sauer 516 and a large capacity magazine. Both are illegal to possess in California. Foster was taken into custody and released on $75,000 bail.

Foster, a first-round draft pick of the 49ers a year ago, could also face discipline from the NFL under the league’s policies on personal conduct and substances of abuses.

Among the prohibited conduct stated in the policy: “Actual or threatened physical violence against another person, including dating violence, domestic violence, child abuse, and other forms of family violence.”

Said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, "We continue to monitor all developments in this matter, which is under review of the personal conduct policy."

It was Foster’s second arrest in the first two months after the completion of his rookie season. Foster was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for second-degree possession of marijuana. His next scheduled court date in Alabama is May 2.

Jed York, 49ers CEO, acknowledged recently at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Florida, during an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area and The Athletic that Foster is running out of chances.

“We’d love Reuben to be on this team,” York said. “And we’d love him to participate for us, but if he’s not doing things off the field that allow us to be able to rely on him – or he’s doing something that we’re not comfortable with off the field and it’s proven that’s what’s going on, I think the guys have said, then you’re just going to have to move on.”

York admitted the 49ers have made some judgment errors in the past before the arrivals of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Aldon Smith, Ray McDonald and Bruce Miller were released after multiple run-ins with the law.

The 49ers released Tramaine Brock last spring – shortly after Lynch and Shanahan were hired -- just hours after he was arrested for alleged domestic violence. Two months after the alleged incident, the DA’s office filed felony charges against Brock. But two months after that, the case was dismissed and Brock was cleared of all charges due to insufficient evidence when the alleged victim refused to cooperate with authorities, according to the DA’s office.

“I think everything has to be case-by-case because no incident is the same and no situation is the same,” York said. “I think we have certainly made mistakes in the past because we’ve been too lenient.”

The 49ers’ first scheduled activity since the end of last season is Monday, when the club is scheduled to report for the opening of the nine-week offseason training program. Foster's status with the organization remains unclear. The 49ers did not immediately respond when asked to comment on the Santa Clara County DA office's announcement.

York said he has not spoken with Foster this offseason, but Lynch and Shanahan have been in regular contact with him.

“From my conversations with John and Kyle, I know Reuben is very cognizant of where his position is right now, and his time with the 49ers could potentially be over if he continues to do things outside of the team that aren’t what we want him to be a part of,” York said.

49ers 'have to reassess' Matt Breida's ankle after limited action vs. Rams

49ers 'have to reassess' Matt Breida's ankle after limited action vs. Rams

SANTA CLARA -- 49ers running back Matt Breida might have to get healthier before returning to the field. 

After the 49ers' close 33-30 loss to the Packers last week, Breida said he would have to be “in a wheelchair to not go.” He ended the evening in Green Bay with 14 carries for 61 yards.

It was a different story Sunday in the lopsided 39-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. On the first play, Breida aggravated his ankle injury and had to come out of the game. The team’s medical staff taped both of his ankles, and he returned. On his first carry after re-entering, Breida lost a fumble.

He finished the day with a modest five carries for 15 yards -- his lowest output of the season.

Coach Kyle Shanahan has been complementary of Breida’s toughness, but he realizes the team might have to take another look at the running back's effectiveness while he rehabs his injury. 

“That’s something we’ll have to look into hard,” Shanahan said. “It’s based off how he looks in practice. Breida’s done a very good job recovering throughout the week. He’s had very good practices making all the cuts and everything on Fridays and Saturdays. Obviously, that first play today, it went. When that happens on the first play, we want to see the film and see what happened.

"He was begging to come back in the game the second half and felt like he was good enough, too, but getting at what you’re talking about, that’s why we made that decision to keep him down. Hopefully he’ll heal up more this week. We’ll have to reassess it again.”

Breida reiterated his desire to play after the loss, but he'll do what’s best for him and the 49ers. 

“I want to go out there and play,” Breida said, “but at the same time, if I’m injured, and I can’t go on, it’s not the best thing for the team. I tried to keep on playing. I have to be smart and not hurt my team at the same time. If I can’t go out there and go 100 percent, I have to let the guys that can, do it.”

When asked what happened on that first play, Breida explained it wasn’t anything specific. He said he just aggravated the injury that has been nagging him for a few weeks. 

Potentially taking himself out of the game because of injury is not an easy thing for Breida to say or admit. 

“It’s extremely hard,” Breida said. “Like I said, I love this game and, you know, it’s extremely hard for me to say that to myself. But at the end of the day, I got to do what’s best for the team.” 
 
Raheem Mostert went in for the injured Breida, and finished as the 49ers' top back Sunday. He rushed for 59 yards on seven carries, and had four catches for 19 yards.

Mostert spoke highly of Breida’s toughness after the game. 

"Matt is a warrior,” Mostert said. “He fights. That’s what he does. So, I wouldn’t expect him to quit just yet, because he loves the fight, and you know, we’re all going to be behind him 110 percent, no matter what he’s going through.” 

49ers report card: Grading offense, defense in 39-10 loss to Rams

49ers report card: Grading offense, defense in 39-10 loss to Rams

SANTA CLARA -- OK, it's difficult to argue with the NFL’s decision to demote the 49ers from prime-time TV after watching this performance.

The 49ers were expected to be one of the NFL's up-and-coming teams after finishing last season on a five-game win streak. But on Sunday, the 49ers’ losing streak reached five games with a 39-10 loss to the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium.

The game originally was scheduled to air Sunday night on NBC. The 49ers were bumped from that time slot in favor of the Kansas City Chiefs-Cincinnati Bengals game.

It wasn't pretty, folks. It certainly wasn't an impressive performance in front of nearly 70 former 49ers who showed up for alumni weekend festivities, including the unveiling of Dwight Clark and Joe Montana statues to commemorate “The Catch.”

Here are the 49ers’ grades from the unsightly loss to the Rams:

Rushing offense

Raheem Mostert had his second impressive showing in a row, rushing for 59 yards on seven carries, but the team’s other two running backs struggled.

Matt Breida started and aggravated a left ankle injury on his first carry of the game. When he returned, he lost a fumble. Breida gained just 15 yards on five carries. Alfred Morris averaged just 2.8 yards, gaining 25 yards on nine tries.

Grade: D

Passing offense

Quarterback C.J. Beathard was sacked seven times. He also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. The 49ers’ wide receivers were non-existent, managing just four receptions on nine targets.

Tight end George Kittle had a good game with five catches for 98 yards, but the 49ers were awful in every other area of their passing game. The pass protection wasn't good, and Beathard struggled accordingly.

Grade: F

Rushing defense

Rams running back Todd Gurley, who entered as the NFL’s leading rusher, scored two touchdowns, but he wasn't a huge factor in the game. He gained 63 yards on 15 carries, so the 49ers’ run defense did a commendable job.

The Rams led for most of the game and were able to stick with the run game. L.A. gained 146 yards on 35 carries.

Grade: C

Passing defense

Rams quarterback Jared Goff was very efficient, completing 18 of 24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. The 49ers didn't get much pressure on him, and they didn't take advantage of some opportunities to generate turnovers. Safety Jaquiski Tartt failed to hold onto what could have been a big interception early in the game.

The 49ers played without injured starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Jimmie Ward.

Grade: D-plus

Special teams

The 49ers had a punt blocked for the first time since the 2014 season. The ball rolled out the back of the end zone for a safety. The Rams capitalized with a field goal on the ensuing free kick, making it a five-point play.

Kicker Robbie Gould made a 51-yard field goal, and Mark Nzeocha got his hands on a Rams punt late in the game.

Grade: D

Overall

Once again, it was a story of turnovers. The 49ers committed four and didn't generate any takeaways. But there was a lot more than just turnovers that led to this 29-point drubbing. The offense was disjointed after looking sharp just six days earlier against the Packers.

The 49ers now have lost five consecutive games, but this game was different. The 49ers were not in this game. The Rams, right now, are the best team in football. But this was an ugly 49ers performance.

Grade: F