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Reuben Foster just regained feeling in his toes, dealing with drop foot/nerve damage

Foster's still got a lot of recovery to go

The Redskins have gone through a lot of changes since Reuben Foster went down with a significant injury during practice on May 20th last year. Foster tore his ACL, MCL, LCL, and suffered nerve damage. Everyone knew it would be a lengthy recovery, but there was optimism that he could be rejoining the team during the offseason.

This morning's report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport casts some doubt on Foster joining new Head Coach Ron Rivera's roster this offseason. Foster's agent says that his client is just now getting feeling back in his toes, 8 months after the injury. The nerve damage was more significant than most people thought it was.

Rapoport mentions Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith who dealt with nerve damage and drop foot that put his career in jeopardy.

To get where he is now, Foster used a BioXcellerator, which works to regenerate various body parts using stem cells and cellular therapies. In addition, Foster has used other treatments including a hyperbaric chamber.

The drop foot that plagued Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith when he suffered nerve damage also plagues Foster. Foster could not dorsiflex — which meant he could not lift his foot — for several months.

”He’s regaining feeling and power,” said Kawa, who signed Foster out of Alabama, was fired and now is repping him again. “It shows the nerve is firing. When he moves his leg upward, he can feel around the ankle and the top part of the foot. That’s a new thing. The next 60 days are going to be big as far as getting back to normal.”