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Reuben Foster's accuser says she lied on witness stand to protect him

Reuben Foster's accuser says she lied on witness stand to protect him

The ex-girlfriend of Reuben Foster, who recanted under oath her claim that the former 49ers linebacker abused her earlier this year, now says she was lying to protect his NFL career.

Elissa Ennis, 28, told ABC News that Foster, in fact, hit her multiple times during a February incident in Los Gatos.

Foster again was arrested on a domestic violence charge on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the 49ers’ hotel in Tampa, Fla., after another alleged incident with Ennis.

Foster, 24, spent the night at Hillsborough County Jail and was released on $2,000 bond. The State Attorney’s Office in Tampa told NBC Sports that the facts in the case are still being reviewed.

Foster is scheduled for arraignment Jan. 3.

“He called me out there to work on our relationship,” Ennis said. “And, so, I was like, ‘I can’t believe you’re back doing this.’ We were both seeing therapists and stuff, trying to work on our relationship. And so I was like, ‘I can’t believe you’re back doing this.’ “

Ennis said Foster had struck her three times during the course of their relationship. Ennis said she called the police twice, and once in October the neighbors called police. No arrest was made following the October incident in Santa Clara.

While Foster was in the Tampa jail, the 49ers announced they were releasing him. Washington claimed him off waivers and is paying him $51,470 per week while he remains on the commissioner’s exempt list.

The 49ers secured the second and third floors of the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Foster. Ennis’ 911 call came from Room 627.

“He invited me to come see him in Florida, and I came and he took one of my phones and he slapped me and pushed me,” Ennis said.

“I told him I was going to tell his new girlfriend that he paid for my flight out there, so that’s what triggered it.”

Ennis said she felt as if police did not believe her. She said members of the 49ers organization told police she was the same ex-girlfriend who previously lied about domestic violence allegations.

Ennis took the witness stand during the preliminary hearing in May and testified that she lied about her initial domestic claim in order to ruin Foster’s career after he said he was breaking up with her.

Now, she said she was lying to a Santa Clara County judge to protect Foster from potential career-ending prosecution.

“Reuben threw my clothes off the balcony,” Ennis said of the Los Gatos incident. “He threw my stuff out the house. He dragged me down the stairs two, three times. He punched me in my face two, three times. Pulled me by my hair. Kicked me. Spit on me.”

Why did she later recant her statement to police?

“Because I loved him, and love will have to you doing things that’s not in your best interest because (of) the person you love,” Ennis said.

She said she was not telling the truth when she recanted the allegations against Foster during the preliminary hearing. During that hearing, Ennis admitted to making false charges against another ex-boyfriend in 2011 in Louisiana and going to jail.

“I did what I had to do for the person I love,” Ennis said. “I thought that he would change. Anybody in my position, they would’ve done the same thing if they shared a family with this person.

“He used to come crying to me and tell me he didn’t have anybody. If somebody you love come crying to you, telling you that they didn’t have anybody, you’d do the same thing, too. That’s why I did what I did, because I loved him.”

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said last week that his office is exploring legal options against Foster related to the February incident in Los Gatos.

Said Rosen: “As we said when the judge dismissed the case against Mr. Foster: Our commitment to domestic violence survivors is unwavering."

Dante Pettis leads 49ers receivers in snaps vs. Broncos, shows promise

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Dante Pettis leads 49ers receivers in snaps vs. Broncos, shows promise

SANTA CLARA -- Marquise Goodwin’s low snap count in the 49ers' 20-14 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday wasn’t just because the receiver had been absent for two games.

It was more about getting rookie Dante Pettis additional playing experience. And he got just that, with a team-leading 61 snaps at receiver.

Kyle Shanahan and his coaching staff have regularly eased players back into the mix if they've been out for injuries or otherwise. It seemed to be the case for Goodwin’s return to the field after he missed two games while dealing with personal issues.

Shanahan explained that it was for a different reason this time, though. As he did with many positions, the 49ers coach wanted to see what some of the younger players could prove on the field. As a result, Pettis and second-year pro Kendrick Bourne, who was on 43 snaps, had the lion’s share of reps against the Broncos.

“We were going to feel it out as the week went,” Shanahan said of working Goodwin back into the lineup, as he had 24 snaps. “I thought he had a very good week of practice and got better, especially as the week went. He didn’t work at Z all week, but he was comfortable with it.

“Quise understands our offense pretty well. Just talking to him Saturday night and seeing where he was at, we told him if he felt good with it, we were going to throw him in at Z a little bit more so we could leave Dante on the field a little bit longer. He was up for the challenge and did a real good job in there.”

[RELATED: 49ers snap count report from win over Broncos]

Pettis had successes and challenges on the field. While he made some key plays, he also had a gut-wrenching drop. He finished the day catching three of his seven targets for 49 yards and one touchdown.

Shanahan explained Pettis' increased snap count hopefully will help the second-round draft pick be more consistent in the future.

“Yeah, that’s definitely the plan right now,” Shanahan said. “It started in Tampa [two weeks ago]. But that's something just realizing as coaches, Dante, we haven’t been ready to throw him out there a ton because he’s shown he’s not 100 percent fully ready to handle that.

“But what has been neat to watch him is, when we didn’t have a choice and had to throw him out there, he did some things that he wasn’t ready for that we anticipated. But, by going through it, he got better as the game went with it.

“He made some mistakes in Tampa in the first quarter that he was better in the second quarter and got him some experience that he needs. I thought he was better in Seattle after that. Just being out there playing more, he is a very smart guy who listens and understands what you’re saying. But you’ve always got to put athletes kind of through those situations so they can feel it themselves. He has, and he’s gotten better from it.”

Pettis has played in 10 games and caught 19 passes on 35 targets. He's currently second on the 49ers in receiving yards with 363, behind tight end George Kittle's 1,103. Goodwin is third with 359 yards.

49ers sign rookie safety Tyree Robinson off Cowboys' practice squad

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49ers sign rookie safety Tyree Robinson off Cowboys' practice squad

The 49ers  signed rookie safety Tyree Robinson off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad on Tuesday in order to fill the roster spot that opened with wide receiver Pierre Garçon going on injured reserve.

Garçon underwent season-ending surgery on his knee Tuesday after missing the past four games with the condition. Garçon appeared in 16 games for the 49ers over the past two seasons. He caught 64 passes for 786 yards and one touchdown.

Robinson (6-foot-2, 202 pounds) originally signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie from Oregon. He was active for the Cowboys’ first two games of the season before he was waived and signed to the team’s practice squad.

The 49ers signed Robinson through the 2019 season. He will wear No. 49.

Robinson started 23 of the 52 games in which he appeared at Oregon. As a senior in 2017, he started 12 games and recorded 48 tackles, five passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.

[RELATED: The 49ers Insider Podcast with undrafted RB Jeff Wilson Jr.]

The 49ers also made a move on their practice squad, signing tight end Marcus Lucas, who has previously been on six different practice practice squads: the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders. Lucas caught 130 passes for 1,638 yards in his four-year career at Missouri (2010-'13).

The 49ers signed Lucas after the Tennessee Titans signed tight end Cole Wick off the 49ers’ practice squad. Wick made the 49ers’ roster at the beginning of the regular season. He appeared in five games, but did not catch a pass.