Finlay: Redskins realistic about chances of Reuben Foster recovery

Chris Lingebach
June 12, 2020 - 5:43 pm

More than a year after suffering a traumatic leg injury, Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster may still be facing long odds of returning to the football field in 2020.

While we haven't heard much on Foster, what we know is – after missing all of 2019 – the Redskins declined to pick up the fifth-year option on the 2017 first-round pick's rookie deal. That leaves Foster entering the final year of his rookie deal in a crowded linebacker room. He's due to earn roughly $1.69 million.

In light of the information void, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington passed along this tidbit on Foster Friday afternoon on 106.7 The Fan.

"At linebacker, I don't think there's many surprises coming," Finlay said. "The only real question mark out there is Reuben Foster, and I'm sorry, I don't think Reuben Foster gets back on the field. I am operating that the organization is moving on. And if Reuben Foster gets back, that's terrific, but they're no longer going to expect it."

There is plenty of reason to believe Foster hasn't yet fully recovered from last year's injury.

As Finlay wrote back in March: "Foster missed all of the 2019 season after a devastating knee injury during summer OTA work. Late in the 2019 season, a report came out that Foster suffered extensive nerve damage, but the good news was he regained feeling in his foot. 'Regained feeling in his foot' and actually playing football seem quite far from one another."

Finlay went on to assess the Redskins linebacker group as one with a "high floor" that he doesn't expect to bottom out.

"The linebacker group... not great. Let's be clear," he said. "But I think they have a high floor. With the Redskins, the talent is the defensive front – the D-ends and the D-tackles, and then maybe at running back, maybe at safety. But the rest of these position groups are pretty jumbled together."

"The linebacker group I don't think will bottom out," he said. "I think some of these other positions, we just don't know enough and they could bottom out."