No. 1: Linebacker Reuben Foster
If injuries all across the 49ers’ collective board were truly the team’s biggest disappointment, the biggest non-injury disappointment has to be all that transpired with now-Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster.
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San Francisco’s late first-round investment from the 2017 NFL Draft had all the makings of a superstar, of course. But his associated red flags came to the surface twice during the 2018 offseason, marked by two separate arrests and subsequent court cases that amounted to a mere misdemeanor weapons possession, dropped charges and a two-game suspension to start the year.
Foster’s shoulder was a problem when he finally got on the field, however, and he looked nothing like the impact player from his rookie season. Plus, with the Niners drafting BYU linebacker Fred Warner and the season already awash for the other reasons, the thought of a Foster-Warner pairing looked promising.
But then Week 12 happened. Well, the events leading up to it.
Foster’s arrest for an alleged incident with the same ex-girlfriend involved in his February offseason arrest forced San Francisco’s collective hand. He was released, no go-backs, no debate. His career as a 49ers player was over.
That disappointment, especially the off-field stuff, stands alone in the biggest disappointments the team has endured this season.
Maybe there won’t be anywhere near as many disappointments for 2019.
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