SANTA CLARA — Linebacker Reuben Foster, solid other than the 49ers after Saturday night time’s domestic-violence arrest, was claimed off waivers Tuesday by Washington, in keeping with a number of studies.
With Foster nonetheless dealing with potential NFL self-discipline (for a second time this yr), Washington is not less than taking a flier on him for the longer term. He has two years remaining on his rookie contract, plus a 2021 staff possibility.
NFL coverage mandates a six-game suspension in domestic-violence circumstances, though the league didn’t self-discipline Foster this previous offseason till after a choose dropped domestic-violence prices towards him relating to a February arrest. It’s believed the league might place Foster on the commissioner’s besides listing.
Reasonably, he drew a two-game suspension at the beginning of this season for violating its personal-conduct and substance-abuse insurance policies, regarding a misdemeanor weapons violation from that Los Gatos arrest on Feb. 11 and a marijuana-possession case in Alabama that received dismissed earlier this yr.
Well being points additionally might issue towards Foster’s on-field return for the remaining 5 video games of this common season.
A hamstring damage stored him out the ultimate two video games of his 49ers tenure, and coach Kyle Shanahan didn’t count on him to play Sunday earlier than they went on to lose 27-9 at Tampa Bay. A right-shoulder damage additionally has hindered Foster all season, an damage tracing again to his Alabama profession that helped decrease his draft inventory, together with off-field considerations.
Foster was the No. 31 total choice in final yr’s draft. He performed 16 video games as a 49er, producing no pressured fumbles, fumble recoveries or interceptions.
NINERS MAKE MOVES
— The 49ers crammed Foster’s spot on the linebacker corps by selling James Onwualu from the apply squad.
— Defensive again Jimmie Ward (fractured forearm) formally went on injured reserve for the fourth time in 5 seasons.
— Defensive again Godwin Igwebuike received claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
— Additionally, the 49ers signed linebacker Tyrell Adams and large receiver Max McCaffrey to the apply squad.