The 49ers will be without their linebacker Reuben Foster for the start of 2018 season.

The former 2017 first-round pick will be fined and suspended for the first two games, due to violating the NFL’s Conduct and Substances of Abuse policies.

Foster was charged with a weapons offense and a misdemeanor drug offense. According to reports, Reuben Foster pleaded no contest to the weapons offense charge and was dismissed from the drug charge because he participated in a diversion program.

According to reports, the rookie linebacker had this to say on the matter:

“I accept the League’s decision and am sorry that my mistakes have hurt my team,” Foster said in a statement released by the team. “I have a responsibility to the 49ers, our fans and our community, and I am committed to learning from this situation and making better choices in the future. The support I have received over the last five months has been humbling, and I do not take it for granted.”

Reuben Foster made his debut against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. However, he suffered a sprained ankle, which caused him to miss the next five games (Week 2 through to Week 6). In the 10 games that Foster played in, he accumulated 72 combined tackles and one pass defended. He ranked 106th in combined tackles – averaging approximately seven combined tackles per game.

By calculating the average, if Foster played all 16 games he could have potentially finished the season with 115 combined tackles. This would have tied him with Kiko Alonso, who finished at No. 14 in combined tackles. Pro Football Focus currently grades Foster at a 90.7 overall.

Foster will be absent from the games against the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions and will be able to return on the 17th of September.

 

 

(Photo Source: ninerswire.usatoday.com)

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