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49ers, NFL gathering information on Foster's arrest

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49ers, NFL gathering information on Foster's arrest

The first test for 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan came just two months into their current jobs.

Now, the 49ers face another allegation of domestic violence, this time with rising star Reuben Foster, in whom the franchise has already placed a lot of trust.

Foster, 23, coming off an all-NFL rookie team selection as a linebacker, was arrested “without incident” Sunday morning on charges of domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon, according to the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department.

At approximately 9:15 a.m., police responded to a residence “in regards to a welfare check and possible disturbance call for service.” After an initial investigation Foster was arrested. The incident remains under investigation, according to police.

Foster was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail and was later released after posting $75,000 bail.

The 49ers and the NFL, contacted by NBC Sports Bay Area, both stated they are monitoring the situation and gathering information, as well.

This is Foster’s second run-in with the law this offseason. Foster was arrested Jan. 12 for second-degree marijuana possession in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Foster previously admitted he produced a diluted urine sample at the NFL Scouting Combine last year in Indianapolis. A diluted sample is treated the same as a positive test, and would have placed him in the NFL's program for substances of abuse.

The 49ers appear to be proceeding cautiously with Foster, whom the club traded up to select with the No. 31 overall pick in last year’s draft.

A year ago, the organization acted quickly when starting cornerback Tramaine Brock was arrested in April for an alleged domestic incident. Within hours of the news going public, the 49ers released Brock.

“I can also tell you that it wasn’t meant to send a message,” Lynch said following the decision to release Brock. “I think you let those things happen organically and we did what we felt was the right situation in that situation. It was not easy and felt like it was something that we needed to do.”

Ultimately, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office dismissed the case against Brock, citing insufficient evidence. And the NFL also cleared Brock, announcing last month he was not subject to any league-imposed discipline.

The NFL’s policy on personal conduct states a first offense for domestic violence is subject to a baseline suspension without pay of six games. The league does not require a guilty verdict or even formal charges to enact discipline.

The NFL investigated Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott for more than a year on domestic violence allegations raised by Elliott’s former girlfriend in Columbus, Ohio. Elliott was never charged. The NFL, however, determined Elliott was violent toward women three times and announced a six-game suspension. After numerous appeals and court proceedings, Elliott served his suspension beginning in Week 10.

Jimmy Garoppolo is back in the building, already at 49ers meetings

Jimmy Garoppolo is back in the building, already at 49ers meetings

SANTA CLARA -- 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo already is back at the facility attending meetings after his ACL surgery. 

In his final press conference before Sunday’s match-up with the Los Angeles Rams, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed that Garoppolo was back with his team. 

“He got back on Tuesday,” Shanahan said, “so Wednesday he’s been in all the team meetings and stuff, and it’s been good to have him around. He’s still on his crutches and everything, so he’s not going out to practice or anything.” 

Similar to practice, injured players typically are not allowed on the sidelines during games because of the risk of further injuries. As a result, Garoppolo could be at the stadium on game day but not out on the field. 

Shanahan seemed genuinely pleased to see his franchise quarterback back in the building when he gave an update on Garoppolo’s appearance. 

“It was good to see his face,” Shanahan said. “Definitely has grown his beard out a little bit. You can tell he’s been sitting in a hospital or in a bed most of his time. Good to have him back in the building.

"He needs to make a few more strides just healing from his surgery and things like that, and we will get him around a lot more.”

Going through a season-ending injury is traumatic, but Shanahan reported that Garoppolo seems to be in good spirits. 

“Seems good,” Shanahan said. “Seeing him in the meetings, just talking to him a little bit, you know, I think he’s happy to be back with the team and to get back in this with us.” 

The only silver lining of both running back Jerick McKinnon and Garoppolo both going through ACL rehabilitation is that they will be able to do it together. 

49ers-Rams injury report: Ahkello Witherspoon in line to start after no snaps

49ers-Rams injury report: Ahkello Witherspoon in line to start after no snaps

Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who is on pace to be cleared through the NFL’s concussion protocol, is likely to start Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday.

Witherspoon is expected to start in place of Jimmie Ward, who re-aggravated a hamstring condition late in the 49ers’ Monday night loss to the Green Bay Packers. Ward is listed as doubtful to play against the Rams.

Witherspoon did not play any snaps of defense in Green Bay, as the 49ers opted for Greg Mabin after Ward was injured in the fourth quarter.

The 49ers have an issue on the cornerback spots, too. Veteran Richard Sherman is listed as questionable after not practicing Friday because of a calf condition, the team announced. Nickel back K'Waun Williams is questionable with a shoulder injury.

Witherspoon was diagnosed with a concussion after colliding with Mabin on the Packers’ game-winning field goal on the final play of regulation. Witherspoon was limited with no contact in practices Thursday and Friday, so he has to pass the contact requirement before Sunday’s game, Shanahan said.

Wide receivers Pierre Garçon and Trent Taylor are listed as questionable after taking part in limited drills Friday.

The 49ers will not have wide receiver Dante Pettis' services for the third consecutive game. Pettis sustained a left knee sprain on Sept. 23 while returning a first-quarter punt against the Los Angeles Chargers.

For the Rams, wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been ruled out with a knee injury. Kupp is the Rams’ second-leading receiver with 30 catches for 438 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns.

49ers injury report

Out
WR Dante Pettis (knee)

Doubtful
CB Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Questionable
WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee)
CB Richard Sherman (calf)
WR Trent Taylor (back)
CB K'Waun Williams (shoulder)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion)

49ers practice report

FRIDAY
Did not practice
WR Dante Pettis (knee)
CB Richard Sherman (calf)
CB Jimmie Ward (hamstring)

Limited practice
WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder, knee)
WR Trent Taylor (back)
CB K'Waun Williams (shoulder)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion)

Full participation
RB Matt Breida (shoulder, ankle)
LB Reuben Foster (shoulder)
G Joshua Garnett (toe)
WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring, quadricep)
TE George Kittle (knee)
G Mike Person (knee)
C Weston Richburg (knee)
OT Joe Staley (knee)
S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)

Rams injury report

Out
WR Cooper Kupp (knee)

Rams practice report

FRIDAY
Did not practice
WR Cooper Kupp (knee)

Limited practice
DE Michael Brockers (shoulder)

Full participation
DE Michael Brockers (shoulder)
LB Matt Longacre (back)
WR Josh Reynolds (hand)
G Rodger Saffold (knee)
C John Sullivan (not injury related)
OT Andrew Whitworth (not injury related)
K Greg Zuerlein (right groin)