Reuben Foster will be fined, not suspended by NFL

Chris Lingebach
April 12, 2019 - 4:33 pm
Reuben Foster will be fined, not suspended by NFL

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Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster won't face a suspension from the NFL in connection with a November domestic violence charge in Florida that was later dropped, the league announced Friday, but he will be docked two game checks in the upcoming season.

"Today, the NFL notified Reuben Foster of the Washington Redskins that he will be fined two game checks following a review of recent incidents and an assessment of his adherence to obligations arising from pervious violations of league policies," the league said in a statement.

"Following a thorough investigation, the evidence did not support a finding that Foster violated the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy in connection with the Tampa incident in November 2018. The NFL has returned Foster to the active roster from the Commissioner Exempt list. He may fully participate in all team activities."

The news was first reported by JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington.

Washington faced intense media scrutiny for claiming Foster off waivers days after he was released by the 49ers last November. A new domestic violence charge, and his subsequent arrest at the team hotel in Florida, was the reason for his release. That domestic violence charge was dropped in January, however. Foster was immediately moved to the Commissioner Exempt list upon being claimed by Washington.

Speaking in the run-up to Super Bowl LIII, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Foster could still face a suspension from the league despite the charge being dropped.

"We continue our investigation into that," Goodell said at the time. "Whether charges are dropped doesn't necessarily mean there isn't a violation of our personal conduct policy. Reuben and I have met before. We will talk again. But we'll conclude that investigation and make a determination, and we'll go from there."

The Redskins maintained all along that they had launched their own investigation into the incident, which they've since concluded, and had required Foster to meet several mandates before he ever plays in a Redskins uniform.

"I don't know why we would expect a suspension," team president Bruce Allen said at the Senior Bowl in January. "But we'll let the league finish (its investigation)."

The league statement goes on: "Foster has acknowledged that he is responsible for his actions, and he has committed to a comprehensive accountability plan developed by the league, the NFLPA, and the Washington Redskins to help him grow personally and avoid future misconduct. Foster was advised that any future incidents will likely result in more substantial discipline."

Allen and Foster released their own statements, which you can read below:

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