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Reuben Foster activated off of the PUP list

One step closer to seeing the field for Del Rio’s defense

NFL: NOV 01 Raiders at 49ers Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Washington Football Team announced that Reuben Foster has been activated off of the PUP list, opening the way for him to play football in 2020.

Foster injured his knee on his first day on the practice field with the team last year, and missed the entire 2019 season. He had been picked up during the 2019 off-season after being waived by the 49ers following charges of domestic violence which were later dropped due to insufficient evidence.

January 2020:

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

Foster was the first round selection of the 49ers in 2017, but injury and off-the-field concerns have marred his tenure in the NFL. The former Alabama player is surrounded by plenty of Crimson Tide alumni, including fellow 2017 first round draft pick Jonathan Allen, which offers hope that, in Washington, he may have the support system he needs to be able to keep his life in order — something that will likely be a necessity if he wants to play long term for Ron Rivera.

With a new coaching staff and a switch to a 4-3 defense, Foster has the opportunity to earn a significant role on the team’s defense, very possibly in a starting role if he can impress in training camp.

This is the final year of a 4-year contract Foster signed in 2017, and he will be playing to rekindle his sputtering career. The team did not pick up his 5th year option in April.