Foster could face up to 11 years in prison.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has reportedly been charged with three felonies, including domestic violence, in connection with his February arrest, according to several reports. If convicted, Foster could face more than 11 years in prison.
According to ESPN, police responded to a disturbance call on February 11 at a residence in Los Gatos, California. There, officials spoke with Foster and his girlfriend, the alleged victim.
"Officials said Foster, now 24, "physically attacked" his live-in girlfriend, leaving "her bruised and with a ruptured eardrum." Officials said Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house and punched her in the head eight to 10 times."
He now faces charges of domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon, all of which are felonies, according to ESPN. Additionally, the report states that police discovered a Sig Sauer 515 and a "large-capacity" magazine, both of which are illegal in Cali, upon searching the home. As a result, he was charged with misdemeanor possession of a large-capacity weapon magazine. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in San Jose, according to ESPN.
The former Alabama Crimson Tide star has had several off the field issues dating back to his college days, but he has produced on the field. In his rookie season with the Niners, Foster was second on the team in tackles with 72, despite playing in just 10 games.