The NFL will not suspend Reuben Foster for any games in the 2019 season.
He will be fined two game checks, according to a statement from the NFL.
Many around the league wondered if Foster would face a significant suspension this fall from the league after two domestic violence arrests last calendar year. Both incidents involved the same victim, and charges were dropped in both cases.
The first arrest happened in California and the victim recanted her testimony. The second arrest happened in Florida, and the case was thrown out of court.
Speaking at the NFL League Meetings in Arizona, Washington team president Bruce Allen said he hoped to hear a verdict from the team soon and that Foster should not face any suspension.
The team was widely criticized in the weeks after signing Foster, but the organization held that they had investigated the situation and felt the linebacker would be cleared. This comes as a big boost to a retooled Redskins defense for the 2019 season.
Foster, a former first-round pick of the 49ers in 2017, played very well in his rookie season before injuries and suspensions derailed his sophomore campaign.
"I am grateful to the Washington Redskins and the NFL for giving me this second chance," Foster said in a statement released by the team. "I appreciate the support I have received from the league, my team, and my union to help me succeed.
"I want to thank Commissioner Goodell for the time that he has spent with me and for his understanding of me as a person. I accept the NFL’s decision and want to say that I am truly sorry for my past actions and the people who may have been hurt by them. Going forward, I will follow the plan outlined for me and work hard to earn back the trust of my teammates, the NFL, NFL fans, and the community. I know that my success is all up to me, and I am committed to not letting you down."
Team president Bruce Allen said Foster "has committed to doing the work necessary to earn the trust of his teammates, our great fans, and the NFL."
"The Redskins have put in place a comprehensive responsibility and accountability plan to help Reuben be successful on and off the field," he added in a statement. "Elements of this plan include individual counseling, a structured living arrangement, weekly meetings with the club player engagement director, weekly meetings with our team chaplain, and targeted community service engagements.
"We have been very clear with Reuben that his past does not have to determine his future – but the responsibility is squarely on him to change. Reuben must fully adhere to the plan we have developed for him. Reuben knows that we simply will not tolerate any future conduct that is detrimental to the Washington Redskins organization or to the NFL."
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