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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been suspended for two games following a drug and weapons offense Uchenna Nwosu Jersey Elite , according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.49ers鈥?LB Reuben Foster fined and suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL鈥檚 Conduct and Substances of Abuse policies.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 3, 2018After serving a two-game suspension, 49ers鈥?LB Reuben Foster will be eligible to return to active roster on Monday, September 17, following the team鈥檚 September 16 game against the Detroit Lions.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 3, 2018Foster was arrested by police in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama in January for possessing marijuana. He was arrested in February for weapon possession and allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. However, she later said that Foster never hit or threatened her, and later called the story a "money scheme."Foster avoided potential suspension by the NFL following his girlfriend's statement, but the weapons and marijuana charge will keep him out for the first two games of 2018, though he has the choice to appeal the suspension.Per the 49ers' official website, Foster is still allowed to compete in practices and preseason games. Barring an overturned suspension, Foster will miss the team's Week 1 and 2 games against the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions Youth Ito Smith Jersey , respectively.Drafted with the 31st pick by the 49ers in 2017, Foster was one of the NFL's top rookies, earning an impressive 90.7 grade from Pro Football Focus. The 49ers won their last five games in 2017, thanks to the emergence of quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. With the signings of Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman and standout running back Jerick McKinnon, the 49ers are expected to be a playoff contender in 2018. Foster's absence for the first two games will hurt, so the defense must step up until he returns.With Garoppolo winning his first seven NFL starts (he won the first two with the New England Patriots), expectations are higher for the 49ers, who have registered three consecutive losing seasons.Other notable NFL players who've been suspended in the 2018 offseason include Julian Edelman (four games, he appealed it last week), Jameis Winston (three games), Mark Ingram (four games), and Vontaze Burfict (four games). Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters were laughing and joking like old friends shortly after the start of their first day together at the Los Angeles Rams’ training complex. The Rams’ opponents might not have that much fun this fall when they face two of the NFL’s best pass defenders in the same secondary.The defending NFC West champions kicked off their offseason by acquiring bookend elite cornerbacks in two trades that were formally announced Wednesday. Talib and Peters say they’re thrilled to play under coordinator Wade Phillips on a defense undergoing an intriguing overhaul.”These guys are special players Cheap Mike McGlinchey Jersey ,” head coach Sean McVay said. ”They bring a great passion for the game. You can see these are both cerebral players, and then they have the physical talents to match up. Guys that love football, these are the types of guys we love to be around.”Rams general manager Les Snead has created a seemingly stellar secondary after entering the season with the uncertainty of top cornerback Trumaine Johnson, slot cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman and starting safety Lamarcus Joyner all heading for free agency.They lost Johnson to a lavish deal from the New York Jets, but the Rams re-signed Robey-Coleman, franchised Joyner and swung trades for two cornerbacks with seven combined Pro Bowl selections to play alongside Joyner and safety John Johnson III in a potent starting lineup. Los Angeles even added talented veteran cornerback Sam Shields, who missed last season due to concussions, as a probable backup alongside 2017 starting cornerback Kayvon Webster, who has a long road back from a heel injury.Peters has known for nearly three weeks that he was headed out of Kansas City, where he spent his first three NFL seasons. When he heard last week that Talib would join him with the up-and-coming Rams, the Oakland native was thrilled.”Oh, let’s do it,” Peters said. ”For me Terrelle Pryor Sr. Jersey Jets , I get to have another All-Pro corner on the other side, so now you don’t know where you’re going to go. And then when you’ve got a safety like Joyner and then you’re adding Sam Shields and you keep Robey? Come on now. It’s just going to be fun. You’ve got to find a way. Pick your poison.”Talib and Peters both paid attention last season when McVay and Phillips led this long-struggling franchise to its first winning season since 2003 and its first playoff appearance since 2004. After winning the Super Bowl two seasons ago under Phillips’ direction in Denver, Talib was eager to be a part of another potential powerhouse.”I saw a bunch of guys having fun,” Talib said of watching the Rams last season. ”They were playing for somebody who they believed in. You watch half the teams in the league, they just go through the motions and kind of collect a check, but there’s another half of those teams, and playoff teams, they’ve got a coach who they respect, and whatever he’s preaching, he’s got guys believing that they can really go do it.”Peters and Talib are two world-class talents with just enough apparent questions surrounding them to make them available to the Rams.Peters, who was dismissed from his college team at Washington, argued with an assistant coach late last season with the Chiefs, leading to a one-game suspension. McVay and Snead are confident Peters’ competitiveness is the only reason for the trouble Greg Maddux Jersey , and he intends to direct that energy toward the Rams’ goals.”When we look back into the game, passionate players have always been the ones that got the bad rep of not being a team player and being selfish,” Peters said. ”That’s not the case for me. My ultimate goal is to be a winner. I was born a champion.”Talib has been in scrapes with the law, his employers and opponents during his 10 professional seasons. His rivalry with receiver Michael Crabtree has attracted the most attention, but teammates also praise his loyalty and competitiveness. McVay, who is 20 days older than the 32-year-old Talib, expects the veteran to be an immediate team leader.The additions came at a cost to the Rams, who had to trade defensive captain Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants to make room for Talib.”It’s rare to be able to acquire two players of this caliber,” McVay said. ”So when the opportunity does present itself, you want to be ready.”—.


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