The 49ers just announced the NFL has suspended linebacker Reuben Foster without pay for the first two games of 2018.
Here’s a statement from the NFL: “Reuben Foster of the San Francisco 49ers has been fined and suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL’s Conduct and Substances of Abuse policies. The violations stem from a weapons offense and a misdemeanor drug offense, both of which were resolved earlier this year. Foster will be eligible to return to the 49ers’ active roster on Monday, September 17, following the team’s September 16 game against the Detroit Lions. Foster is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
Here’s a statement from 49ers GM John Lynch: “Our organization understands and supports the League’s decision. Although we are disappointed that Reuben will not be with our team for the first two games of the season, we will continue to work with him on making better decisions and eliminating unnecessary distractions. We are encouraged to see Reuben take responsibility for his mistakes, and hopeful that he has learned from them as well.”
And here’s a statement from Foster: “I accept the League’s decision and am sorry that my mistakes have hurt my team. I have a responsibility to the 49ers, our fans and our community, and I am committed to learning from this situation and making better choices in the future. The support I have received over the last five months has been humbling, and I do not take it for granted.”
My interpretation: It seems the suspension comes from the weapons offense, and the fine comes from the marijuana offense. Foster now has committed two violations of the league’s marijuana policy that we know of. If he commits a third violation, the NFL will fine Foster four game checks. If he commits a fourth violation, the NFL will suspend him four games. A fifth violation, and the NFL will suspend him 10 games. And a sixth violation will result in a year-long suspension.