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Reuben Foster's accuser will not face charges of lying to police or perjury

Reuben Foster's accuser will not face charges of lying to police or perjury

The woman who recanted her accusations that 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster punched her in the face 10 times will not face prosecution for lying to police or perjury.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office did not respond specifically to questions about Foster’s former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, but sent a general statement that addresses the situation.

“We don’t charge domestic violence victims who falsely recant,” the statement from the DA’s office read. “We empathize with them, we support them, and we advocate for them.”

Foster's lawyer was not available for comment at the time of the news. 

A judge on Wednesday cleared Foster of two felony domestic violence charges. Foster joined the team’s offseason program on Thursday after general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan had stated any player who hits a woman will not have a spot on with the 49ers.

Ennis told police investigators in Los Gatos on April 11 that Foster dragged her, beat her and spit on her. Two days later, she recanted her statement. Under oath last week at the preliminary hearing, Ennis said Foster did not harm her. She said the injuries were the result of a fight with another woman the night before. According to Ennis, she lied as revenge against Foster, who threatened to end their relationship.

Judge Nona L. Klippen, in announcing her decision, concluded the prosecution did not prove probable cause in the preliminary hearing last week. The judge said photographs of Ennis’ injuries were more consistent with a purported fight after a road rage incident, which was apparently captured on video, than from the punches of an NFL player.

An hour after the judge’s decision, the DA’s office released a statement in which it expressed disappointment the case against Foster was not advanced to trial.

“Recantation is common among domestic violence victims,” the DA office's statement read. “Some are scared, some feel guilty, some are coerced, some need money. Whatever the cause, we move forward on cases when victims falsely recant because we know that if we don’t more victims will be hurt. Our commitment to domestic violence survivors is unwavering.”

T.O. negotiating football comeback with CFL team

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T.O. negotiating football comeback with CFL team

In 2010, former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens played the last NFL down of his 15-year career. Eight years later, and weeks before a Pro Football Hall of Fame induction he won't attend, the 44-year-old is planning to return to the pro ranks, wherever that may be.

Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN and ESPN that Owens "100 percent" wants to play football again, and is willing to play in Canada in order to do so. 

To that end, Owens activated a 10-day negotiating window with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos over the weekend, as Canadian football news site 3 Down Nation first reported on Monday and ESPN confirmed on Tuesday. That window closes on July 24, and Edmonton will relinquish his rights if they do not offer Owens a contract. 

The Eskimos can retain his rights into 2019 with any offer, including one for the minimum salary of $54,000. Staroszik told ESPN that Owens is unlikely to accept a minimum contract.

Edmonton added Owens to their reserve list in June, one day after Owens posted on Instagram that he was clocked running a 40-yard dash at 4.44 and 4.43 seconds, by two separate stopwatches. 

Owens last tried a pro football comeback in 2012. He played with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, and then was cut by the Seattle Seahawks in training camp that summer after catching two passes in two preseason games. 

Report: Brandin Cooks agrees to five-year extension with Rams

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Report: Brandin Cooks agrees to five-year extension with Rams

In early April, the Rams acquired Brandin Cooks in a trade with the Patriots.

On Tuesday, the team and wide receiver agreed to a five-year extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The deal is reportedly worth $80 million, but the guaranteed money is unknown at this point.

Last year with New England, Cooks registered 65 catches for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Oregon State product entered the NFL in 2014 as the 20th overall pick.

The 49ers host Cooks and the Rams on Oct. 21 and play their regular season finale in Los Angeles on Dec. 30.