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Washington activates linebacker Reuben Foster off PUP list

Sun Aug 9 12:44pm ET
By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Sports Writer

Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster stretches during a practice at the team's NFL football practice facility, in a Reuben Foster Monday, May 20, 2019 file photo, in Ashburn, Va.The Washington Football Team activated linebacker Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list Sunday, Aug.9, 2020. The team made the move days ahead of the start of on-field training camp workouts. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)


The Washington Football Team activated linebacker Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list Sunday ahead of the start of the first on-field training camp workouts.

Foster, 26, tore the ACL in and caused additional damage to his left knee during offseason workouts in May 2019 and missed all of last season. He was put on the PUP list along with rehabbing quarterback Alex Smith when players first reported to camp.

''They just hadn't passed the football portion of their physicals for us,'' coach Ron Rivera said. ''We feel pretty confident in what they've done. We thought they both had very good offseasons in terms of their rehab programs. They both look extremely good right now, but you really don't know until you get them out on the field pounding and doing football-specific drills. Then, we've got to see how their injuries react.''

Washington claimed Foster off waivers in November 2018 after he was released by the San Francisco 49ers when they learned of a domestic violence incident at the team hotel in Tampa, Florida. Then-Redskins coach Jay Gruden said there was ''no guarantee'' Foster ever plays for the team.

Florida prosecutors in January 2019 dropped a first-degree misdemeanor battery charge, citing insufficient evidence. The NFL fined Foster two game checks but did not suspend him and reinstated him to Washington's roster after reviewing the situation.

His injury on the third play of practice in May 2019 made Gruden's possibility seem more likely. But Washington's new regime under Rivera, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and linebackers coach Steve Russ would like to tap into the 2017 first-round pick's potential.

''I really like where Reuben is, I like his intent, I really like his focus,'' Russ said. ''We're rooting for him. We are his biggest fans. I want to see him get back out there and play football. I know that's what he loves to do. And that's what he's worked very, very hard to do.''

The 31st overall pick out of Alabama three years ago, Foster made 84 tackles in 16 games with San Francisco. Washington has been planning as though he'll be on the field this season.

''In terms of the mental approach and in terms of his participation in the meetings, being up to date with the install, getting the coaching and all of that, he's been on point with that,'' Del Rio said. ''He's working hard, doing all the things that he can with us in the virtual meetings and absorbing all of the information about what we're going to expect out of him as a linebacker.''

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Deebo Samuel Sep 27 10:20am ET

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Jerry Jeudy Sep 27 10:10am ET

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Michael Thomas Sep 27 10:00am ET

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Michael Thomas Sep 27 9:53am ET

Although New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas (ankle) has seen his condition improve recently, there is no guarantee that he will play in Week 4's game against the Detroit Lions, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team is reportedly being cautious with his rehab from a high-ankle sprain and wants him to be at 100 percent when he resumes playing.

Fantasy Spin: There is a possibility that Thomas could return to practice during the upcoming week, although that should not be perceived as a sign that he will be ready to play versus Detroit. He is a must-start option in all fantasy formats when healthy.

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Julio Jones Sep 27 9:50am ET

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Davante Adams Sep 27 9:33am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Adams was listed as doubtful on the injury report after missing all three of the team's practice sessions during the week, even though he was able to do some rehab work on a side field Thursday, Sept. 24, and is likely to test the injury in pregame warmups. However, fantasy owners would be better off finding alternative options for their lineups and keeping Adams benched this week since the Packers won't play until Sunday evening. WRs Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are worth a look as WR3 or flex options in most fantasy formats.

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Matt Milano Sep 27 9:33am ET

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Duke Johnson Sep 27 9:13am ET

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Fantasy Spin: Johnson appears to be on the verge of missing his second consecutive game this afternoon, even though he was a limited practice participant throughout the week and had been listed as questionable on the injury report. David Johnson will receive the bulk of the work in the Houston backfield today but should be considered no better than a risky RB2 option because of the difficult matchup.

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Fantasy Spin: Golladay had been listed as questionable on the injury report after being a limited practice participant in all three of the team's practice sessions during the week. If he is active, he should be a starting option in all fantasy formats.

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