Redskins LB Reuben Foster suffers ACL tear at OTAs

One minute Reuben Foster was trotting out for his first series of OTAs as a Redskin, a fresh start and a new horizon in front of him. The next he was on the ground writhing in pain and sobbing from a non-contact injury to his left leg. Then came the air cast.  Hours later Ian Rapoport, reported the inevitable. Foster suffered a torn ACL. His season is likely over

It’s a horrific injury for Foster and a devastating loss for Washington, who took a chance on a risky player.

Many believed Foster would miss part of the season not because of injury but because of suspension after his latest domestic violence accusation. Last November Foster was arrested on a domestic violence charge at the 49ers team hotel the night before they played the Buccaneers. Foster, who the 49ers stood by after he was charged with three counts of domestic violence earlier in the year, was subsequently released. Foster had already been suspended two games after a misdemeanor weapons charge.

The DV charges were dropped in both cases but the details were murky enough and rap sheet long enough that a suspension of some sort seemed to fall in line with other NFL discipline such as Ezekiel Elliott’s six game suspension.  Foster was instead fined and would miss his first two paychecks of the season.

The 49ers selected Foster at no. 31 in the 2017. He had top five talent  coming out of Alabama but a history of injury and a series of minor off-field issues dropped his stock. His career has yet to take off after suffering injuries in both his rookie year and second season. Two seasons in, Foster has played in just 16 of 32 games. With the crushing knee injury, that less-than-ideal frequency will become even more jaw-dropping.