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Santa Clara DA 'exploring legal options' in dismissed Reuben Foster case

Santa Clara DA 'exploring legal options' in dismissed Reuben Foster case

Following 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster’s latest arrest on a domestic violence charge, the Santa Clara County District Attorney will re-examine the case that did not make it past the preliminary hearing in May.

"We are sad, though, not surprised, and exploring the legal options,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said Monday in a statement. “The cycle of domestic violence is frightening and frighteningly powerful. Every day, this office faces the challenges of keeping survivors safe and holding DV abusers criminally accountable. As we said when the judge dismissed the case against Mr. Foster: Our commitment to domestic violence survivors is unwavering."

Foster was arrested Saturday at the team hotel in Tampa, Fla., where the 49ers were set to play the Buccaneers the following day. According to the criminal report affidavit obtained by NBC Sports Bay Area, the accuser, Elissa Ennis, wants to press charges against Foster.

Ennis did not cooperate with the prosecution earlier this year in Santa Clara County.

Ennis was described as Foster's on-again-off-again girlfriend. She told Tampa police that Foster slapped a phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area with one hand and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of her face. According to police, Ennis had a one-inch scratch on her left collarbone.

The 49ers officially released Foster on Monday. A first-round draft pick in 2017, Foster was suspended for the first two games of the season for violations of the NFL's policies on personal conduct and substances of abuse. He had repeated incidents off the field, including three reported instances in which he was accused of domestic violence.

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Ennis did not cooperate with the Santa Clara DA after her initial statements from an incident in February.

After that incident in Los Gatos, she originally accused Foster of dragging her by the hair, punching her 10 times with a closed fist and spitting on her. Ennis originally told police that Foster destroyed her cell phone to prevent her from reporting the crime to police.

But during the preliminary hearing, Ennis testified that she attacked Foster with a clothes hanger. When prosecutor Kevin Smith asked Ennis if Foster put his hands on her, she answered, “No, sir. Not once.”

Judge Nona L. Klippen ruled that the DA’s office failed to show sufficient evidence to move the case forward. The judge said the injuries observed on Ennis were not consistent with 10 punches in the face from a professional football player. The judge said the injuries were more likely the result of a fight that Ennis said she had with another woman the night before the alleged incident with Foster.

The judge said Ennis established a motive for the false report. Ennis testified that she wanted revenge after Foster said he was going to break up with her.

“I was going to f--- up his career,” she said on the stand. When asked why she stepped forward to tell the truth about her initial allegations, Ennis said, “I had to do the right thing.”

Ennis added: “It was all a money scheme. I didn’t want to get this far in the news.”

Ennis said she also stole more than $8,000 from Foster, as well as two men’s Rolex watches, which remain in a safe deposit box in Louisiana. Ennis is listed as living in Baton Rouge.

George Kittle's fantasy stats could dip if 49ers offense finds balance

George Kittle's fantasy stats could dip if 49ers offense finds balance

CINCINNATI – Fantasy football owners who invested a high draft pick in 49ers tight end George Kittle might not be thrilled with Kyle Shanahan’s vision for the season.

Of course, Kittle is still the central focus of the 49ers’ passing game, and he did have two touchdown receptions from Jimmy Garoppolo called back due to penalties in the season-opening win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But Shanahan hopes less Kittle translates into more balance around him for the 49ers’ offense.

“I think he will get a little more (attention) this year, but he dealt with that last year and he can still make a lot of plays when people do that,” Shanahan said of Kittle on “49ers Game Plan,” which airs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (TV, Ch. 3).

Shanahan said he hopes Kittle benefits from the players around him, such as Garoppolo, the offensive line, the other tight ends, the wide receivers and the running backs. The 49ers also activated running back Jeff Wilson from the practice squad on Saturday.

“The better we can balance our offense out, his stats might not be as good, but it will make his job a lot easier,” Shanahan said.

Kittle set the all-time, single-season record for NFL tight ends last season with 1,377 yards on 88 receptions.

He caught eight passes in the 49ers’ season-opening win over the Buccaneers, but he was held to just 54 yards – after his TD catches of 8 and 22 yards were wiped out due to penalties.

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The 49ers are looking for production from the wide receivers, especially Dante Pettis, who is expected to see increased playing time on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Rookie Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin started and played the vast majority of the action in Week 1.

Garoppolo was up and down in his first start after missing the final 13 games of last season with a knee injury. In Week 1, Garoppolo completed 18 of 27 pass attempts for 166 yards with one touchdown and an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

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“When you win, that’s a little easier to deal with because you can go hard on yourself on Monday in watching the film, hard on yourself on Tuesday and then you try to work through it throughout the week,” Shanahan said.

“You try to put him in those same positions, the ones he just missed, and he’s had a good week of practice. I know that he’s happy starting 1-0, and hopefully he and everyone around him, including myself, will be a little bit better tomorrow, and hopefully we can be 2-0 because of it.”

49ers-Bengals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 2 game

49ers-Bengals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 2 game

Week 1 came and went faster than the timeframe of Antonio Brown's latest helmet deal being taken away. 

The 49ers kicked off the season with a 31-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. San Francisco spent this week sticking to their Community Tuesday's in Youngstown, Ohio and moving on from linebacker Kwon Alexander's hit on Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. 

The NFL didn't forget, however, and fined Alexander $28,075. This was after he received a 15-yard penalty and an ejection from the game. 

But Week 2 brings a new matchup: The Cincinnati Bengals. And according to SportsLine, the Bengals are slightly favored.

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Line:

Caesars: CIN -2 (-110)
Consensus: CIN -1 (-106)
Westgate: CIN -1 (-110)
Wynn: CIN -2 (-110)

Here's how writers around the country see the 49ers-Bengals matchup shaking out:

Nick Wagoner, ESPN: 49ers 27, Bengals 23

Ben Baby, ESPN: 49ers 24, Bengals 17

Cynthia Frelund, NFL.com: 49ers 24, Bengals 23

Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Bengals 24, 49ers 20

Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Bengals 23, 49ers 20

Vincent Frank, Forbes: 49ers 30, Bengals 17

Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati Enquirer: Bengals 24, 49ers 17