NFL fines and suspends 49ers LB Reuben Foster for two games

NFL fines and suspends 49ers LB Reuben Foster for two games

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was suspended without pay for the first two games of the season and fined an undisclosed amount, the NFL announced on Tuesday.

Foster’s violations of the league’s policies of conduct and substances of abuse stem from a misdemeanor weapons offense in Los Gatos and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana in Alabama.

“I accept the league’s decision and am sorry that my mistakes have hurt my team,” Foster said in a statement issued through the 49ers. “I have a responsibility to the 49ers, our fans and our community, and I am committed to learning from this situation and making better choices in the future. The support I have received over the last five months has been humbling, and I do not take it for granted.”

Foster is eligible to participate in training camp and the 49ers’ four exhibition games. He will sit out the 49ers’ first two regular-season games: Sept. 9 at the Minnesota Vikings and Sept. 16 at home against the Detroit Lions. In Foster's absence, the 49ers have some options to join veteran Malcolm Smith at inside linebacker, including rookie Fred Warner, and veterans Brock Coyle and Korey Toomer.

He will forfeit $103,024 of his scheduled $875,708 salary for the season for being ineligible for the first two games.

Foster, 24, a first-round draft pick in 2017 from Alabama, is eligible to return to the 49ers’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 17, and play Sept. 23 at the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Our organization understands and supports the league’s decision,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “Although we are disappointed that Reuben will not be with our team for the first two games of the season, we will continue to work with him on making better decisions and eliminating unnecessary distractions. We are encouraged to see Reuben take responsibility for his mistakes, and hopeful that he has learned from them as well.”

Foster pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor of possession of an assault weapon on June 6. In lieu of a 30-day work sentence, Foster has to serve 232 hours of community services and two years probation.

Foster’s charge of possession of marijuana was dismissed when Foster completed a diversion course in Alabama.

On May 23, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge dismissed charges of domestic violence and forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime. The judge ruled that the prosecution did show sufficient evidence during a preliminary hearing to advance the case to a trial.

Foster joined his teammates in Santa Clara the next day after remaining away from the team for the first seven weeks of the 49ers’ offseason workout program.


Marcus Allen calls T.O.'s decision to skip Hall of Fame ceremony 'mind-boggling'

Marcus Allen calls T.O.'s decision to skip Hall of Fame ceremony 'mind-boggling'

Former Raiders running back Marcus Allen knows a thing or two about the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

August marks 15 years since his induction, which came six years after his retirement from the NFL. He told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kelli Johnson and Monte Poole during The Happy Hour on Friday that the honor's meaning was "hard to put into words."

Consider Allen surprised, then, that soon-to-be-inducted Terrell Owens will skip the ceremony in Canton, OH on August 4. 

"It's mind-boggling to me because I think there is no greater platform in the football world than the Hall of Fame to really sort of say 'thank you' to all the people that have helped you get there," Allen said from the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe. 

"No man's an island. We didn't get there by ourselves," Allen continued. "My father [introduced me] and I wanted the world to know who supported me [along the way]."

Allen added that he thinks Owens will regret the decision in the long run. 

The former 49ers wide receiver will commemorate his induction on August 4 with a speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at 3:17 p.m. CT (1:17 p.m. PT), hours before the festivities in Canton. The Hall of Fame won't mention Owens at the ceremony, but will maill him his gold jacket that day.

Jerry Rice emphatically (and profanely) makes his case as the G.O.A.T

Jerry Rice emphatically (and profanely) makes his case as the G.O.A.T

Legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice has a case as good as anyone as the greatest football player of all time.

He is a three-time Super Bowl champion, a 13-time Pro Bowl pick and a 10-time first-team All-Pro. He's the NFL career leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), and total touchdowns (208). 

But you don't need us to tell you. The former 49ers and Raiders wideout made the case for himself with some colorful language to Charles Barkley at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe. 

We couldn't have put it better ourselves.