Redskins fans received some great news from team doctors over the weekend. Reuben Foster is already making strides in his recovery and is expected to be ready for the 2020 season.
Foster tore his ACL and LCL at OTAs in mid-May and many around the Redskins organization thought that the injury could even end his career. Thankfully, team doctors were able to confirm that he’ll be back and on the field sometime in the next year.
According to Ian Rappaport Foster underwent surgery a few days after his gruesome injury that threw him to the ground and should be ready to go for the 2020 season.
Foster went down holding his left leg during a non-contact drill early into his first workout and Redskins staff quickly placed him in an air cast and carted Foster off the field as his teammates and the coaching staff were already thinking the worst.
It seems unfair considering how 2018 went for the Redskins. A playoff bound team watched their hopes slip away as one player went down after another during the middle of the season. The 2018 Redskins even saw four (FOUR!) quarterbacks lineup behind center during the regular season.
Foster suffered the injury when he accidentally stepped on a teammates foot while going through a simple drill.
Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network described what seemed like a chaotic scene:
“We know that it certainly looked like a bad one,” Garafolo said. “They are going to go through the full evaluation here and see what the full extent of the injury is. You know those (injuries) that are sort of like gray areas and this one had the look of a serious injury by the way that they casted him up before they put him on the cart — put him on the cart and then drove him off. Bruce Allen, the team president, actually ran after the cart for a little bit, they could hear Foster sobbing on the cart, I could hear him when he drove past me saying, ‘No, no, no.’ So he at least felt like it was going to be a significant injury.”
Before the injury, things were looking up for Foster. In April, he was told that he would not be receiving a suspension for his part in a domestic dispute last year. He would only receive a pay deduction.
The Redskins claimed the linebacker off of waivers back in November, taking a chance on a talented Alabama product who was struggling with off-field issues. He was waived by the San Francisco 49ers after being arrested the night before a game following a fight with his former girlfriend, but the charge of domestic battery against him was dropped in January.