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Reuben Foster's plea hearing delayed, 'additional evidence was provided...'

Reuben Foster's plea hearing delayed, 'additional evidence was provided...'

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning.

But there was a change of plans.

Jim Demertzis -- the Supervising Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara -- provided the following update:

"Today, the case of the People of the State of California vs Reuben Foster was continued to May 8 back in this courthouse for entry of plea. Addtionally today, The People moved to dismiss count four -- alleging possession of a large capacity magazine."

Why the delay?

"Additional evidence was provided to the people which warrants further investigation so that we can take this case to a just result."

Is the intention to move ahead with this case?

"We understand that people have a lot of questions about this case. What's important to keep in mind is that sadly too often, victims of domestic violence -- for a host of reasons -- choose not to cooperate with the process that holds their abuser accountable.

"Not withstanding that, if the evidence independent of a victim in a domestic violence case is compelling, it's the prosecution's duty to seek justice."

Foster was charged with two felonies: domestic violence and attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime.

His former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, released a statement last Wednesday through her attorney in which she recanted statements she gave to officers on Feb. 12 after an alleged dispute with Foster in Los Gatos.

According to the DA’s office’s report, the woman was bruised and sustained a ruptured ear drum. The woman told investigators that Foster hit her eight to 10 times.

49ers GM John Lynch believes Nick Bosa is a 'great teammate'

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MATT MAIOCCO

49ers GM John Lynch believes Nick Bosa is a 'great teammate'

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest news regarding Nick Bosa's social media activity.

SANTA CLARA -- Nick Bosa suggested he made adjustments to his social media activity because some of his personal views are in conflict with the majority of the Bay Area.

But are Bosa’s opinions really an issue for the 49ers, who hold the No. 2 overall pick?

General manager John Lynch said Monday that the 49ers consider everything with every draft prospect. Although he did not get into specifics with Bosa, Lynch intimated that he does not foresee any issues arising from the views Bosa expressed on his Twitter account.

“I think that he’s a great teammate,” Lynch said of the Ohio State defensive end. “I’m not going to get too far because a lot can happen at [No. 1]. He can go one. In general, we spend a lot of time vetting these guys and everything about them. You put something into all of it.”

The Arizona Cardinals hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and long have been speculated to like Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. But Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams also are possibilities to be chosen No. 1 overall.

Lynch said the team will consider everything when evaluating a draft prospect.

“We try to be as thorough in the process as we can,” Lynch said. “That is something we look at it. We also look at what kind of teammate is he. What do his teammates think about him? And when I say ‘him,’ I’m speaking of any prospect.

“In particular, when you talk about guys who are going to go that high, you’ve vetted these guys in every way. You try to look at things like that. What kind of member of your organization will this guy be in every respect? You look at it all. We’ve done that with all the prospects.”

Lynch spoke before news of Bosa liking a friend's Instagram posts with racist, sexist and homophobic hashtags came to light Monday afternoon.

Lynch was in attendance for an Ohio State practice before the Rose Bowl. Bosa, who withdrew from school one month earlier after undergoing groin surgery, showed up at practice to see his former teammates. Lynch saw the outpouring of love from Ohio State teammates and coaches upon seeing Bosa for the first time since he left school.

Lynch, vice president of player personnel Adam Peters and area scout Steve Rubio had lunch with Bosa after the Ohio State pro day last month. Bosa also recently visited the 49ers’ facility in Santa Clara.

“Nick is a heck of a player,” Lynch said. “He’s one we really enjoyed studying throughout this process.”

Bosa had been outspoken in holding Donald Trump in high esteem, referring to him as G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time). In a recent interview with ESPN, Bosa said he stopped sharing his political views with one team in mind.

"I had to," said Bosa, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco."

[RELATED: Bosa intuitively drawn to sport that shaped his life, NFL draft future]

Bosa ended up deleting some of his polarizing social media posts, including when he called Colin Kaepernick a “clown,” in reference to Kaepernick’s form of protest against racial inequality for taking a knee during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season.

Bosa’s views apparently have not been an issue in the past. He was a popular teammate on diverse teams from youth football to high school to college. Larry Johnson, the defensive line coach at Ohio State, alluded to Bosa’s background for the reason he fit in so well with teamamtes of every background.

“I think that’s the reason he can cross over any gender, any race, because he’s dealt with all that at such a young age,” Johnson told NBC Sports Bay Area. “You talk about a guy who doesn’t see color, that’s Nick Bosa. He doesn’t see color. He sees people. He sees what’s good in people.”

Joe Staley not worried about 49ers future despite no new contract

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Joe Staley not worried about 49ers future despite no new contract

Joe Staley’s undetermined future with the 49ers could make the team take a closer look at a tackle early in this year’s draft, but the veteran remains unfazed about his future after 2019. 

The 49ers selected Mike McGlinchey with the No. 9 overall pick of the 2018 draft as the heir apparent for Staley’s left tackle position. Staley is under contract through 2019, but there still haven't been talks about his future with the club.

“We haven’t had any discussions,” Staley said. “I made it very clear, to I think everybody, that I want to play as long as I can. I still love the game and feel like I can play at a high level. Still feel like I’m valued on the football team.” 

Staley is not worried that things have not been ironed out yet. He remains steadfast that his desire is to remain in Santa Clara following his 13th season. 

“I know it’s my last year under contract but I’m not worried about that,” Staley said. “I’m just going to go out there and do everything I can to help us win games this year.” 

Staley is moving forward with a "business as usual" mentality. He is one of the veterans who continually shows up for the offseason program, even though it is voluntary. He explained why, at 34 years old, he prefers to participate in organized team activities (OTAs) instead of doing his own program elsewhere. 

“I just love being around everybody and I don’t know, I’d much rather be here than somewhere else,” Staley said. “I think for me too, it’s like I need the structure, I’m used to the structure.

“It works well for me. Not to say that I can’t manage my time away from here when I’m not. I do when I’m down in San Diego, but I just enjoy being around the guys too. It was never a thought for me to be anywhere else.”  

[RELATED: Staley gave 49ers scouting report on Dee Ford before trade]

Staley, a six-time Pro Bowler, has started in all 174 games that he has played with the team. The remaining tackles on the team are McGlinchey, Shon Coleman, Christian DiLauro and Daniel Brunskill