Thursday’s NFL: 49ers’ Foster faces felony charges
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence after being accused of attacking his girlfriend, authorities said.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney charged Foster on Thursday, when he was also arraigned in San Jose. Foster, accompanied to court by 49ers teammate Richard Sherman, did not enter a plea and was released after posting $75,000 bail.
Prosecutors said Foster, 24, attacked his girlfriend in February at their Los Gatos home, leaving her bruised and with a ruptured ear drum.
The 28-year-old woman told responding officers that Foster dragged her by her hair, threw her out of the house and punched her in the head eight to 10 times.
Foster was also charged with felony possession of an assault weapon and misdemeanor possession of a high-capacity magazine after officers found a Sig Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle in his home while investigating his girlfriend’s domestic violence report.
If convicted on all charges, He faces up to 11 years in prison.
The 49ers drafted Foster 31st overall last year after questions about his health and character caused him to drop from being a possible top 10 pick.
Landry on cusp of big deal
Jarvis Landry is about to make a major grab.
The star wide receiver is close to finalizing a multiyear contract extension with the Cleveland Browns, who believe the three-time Pro Bowler can hasten their turnaround. The team and Landry’s representatives are closing in on a deal, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press on Thursday.
Landry led the NFL with 112 receptions last season and his new contract is expected to make him one of the league’s highest paid pass catchers.
Holding off on Kaepernick
The Seahawks had plans to bring in former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a workout as they search for a backup to Russell Wilson, but postponed the meeting when he said he did not know what his plan is for his off-field social activism, including whether he would continue to kneel for the national anthem.
The news was reported Thursday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and later confirmed by the Times.
A source said the Seahawks were said to want a firmer plan from Kaepernick about all of his off-field activities — including but not solely limited to kneeling for the anthem — and how that might impact football.
Ex-player touted for medal
Federal lawmakers from Louisiana and Washington have submitted legislation to award former New Orleans Saints and Washington State football player Steve Gleason the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.
Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy seeks to honor Gleason, 41, for his work as an advocate for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Gleason, famous for blocking a punt in 2006 on the night the Superdome reopened after Hurricane Katrina, was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.
Favre talks concussions
Brett Favre says he might have had “thousands” of concussions during his Hall of Fame career.
The three-time NFL MVP who played from 1992-2010 and was known for his aggressive approach to football said Thursday on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” that he is experiencing short-term memory issues.
Favre, 48, has become an advocate for concussion research and said he had three or four known concussions during his lengthy career.
“But as we’re learning about concussions,” he told Kelly, “there’s a term we use in football and maybe other sports, that I got ‘dinged.’
“If that’s a concussion, then I’ve had hundreds, probably thousands, throughout my career, which is frightening.”
Favre added that he worries about developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as he ages.
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict will be sidelined to start a season for the fourth year in a row, this time serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.
... The Houston Texans released right tackle Derek Newton.