Redskins LB Reuben Foster fined two game checks, cleared for NFL return after charge dropped

Reuben Foster has been cleared to make his return to action in the N

The league announced Friday that the Washington Redskins linebacker had been reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list and allowed to participate in all league activities. He was also fined two game checks following "a review of recent incidents and an assessment of his adherence to obligations arising from previous violations of league policy."

Foster will not be suspended, as the NFL's investigation "did not support a finding that Foster violated the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy," per the league's statement.

Foster, 25, was waived by the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 25, the day after he was arrested at the team's hotel in Tampa on a misdemeanor account of domestic battery against Elissa Ennis, his ex-girlfriend. Ennis alleged Foster "pushed her in the chest" and "slapped her with an open hand," according to the criminal affidavit.

Prosecutors dropped the charge against Foster in January.

Foster was also arrested last February on suspicion of domestic battery, though Ennis later said she had fabricated the story to damage the linebacker's career. The charges against him were dropped, but in an interview with Good Morning America last December, Ennis said that explanation was a lie. 

The Redskins claimed Foster off waivers just two days after the 49ers parted with him, though he was held out of action for the remainder of the 2018 season while he remained on the commissioner's exempt list.

"I am grateful to the Washington Redskins and the NFL for giving me this second chance," Foster said in a statement Friday. "I appreciate the support I have received from the league, my team, and my union to help me succeed. I want to thank Commissioner Goodell for the time that he has spent with me and for his understanding of me as a person. I accept the NFL’s decision and want to say that I am truly sorry for my past actions and the people who may have been hurt by them."

Said team president Bruce Allen: ""Everyone in this league is held to a higher standard.  Reuben understands that his past actions have led a lot of people to doubt him, and he has committed to doing the work necessary to earn the trust of his teammates, our great fans, and the NFL."

Foster was suspended for the first two games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's policies on personal conduct and substance abuse. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge last June, and a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge against him was dropped last May.

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