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Reuben Foster is the lone player on this list that should be guaranteed to return to Washington next year. Of course, that’s the keyword. “Should be.”
Foster is currently rehabbing from an ACL tear suffered during the offseason. The Redskins had claimed him off waivers last November from the San Francisco 49ers amid domestic violence allegations. Foster wasn’t allowed to play with the Redskins last year as a result of those allegations, but they were dropped during the offseason and it was expected that Foster would start at inside linebacker for them.
Then, the knee injury came unexpectedly in May and seemingly served as an omen for the Redskins’ poor season.
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That said, Foster will have far more than a full calendar year to recover from the injury before next season begins. Theoretically, he should come back at full strength and could be a big part of the team’s defense, as they could use a true three-down linebacker to pair long-term with Cole Holcomb. Meanwhile, Jon Bostic, who has played well this year, serves as veteran depth and sees plenty of early-down action to keep the rotation fresh.
Of course, the only “if” here is about whether or not Foster will be able to stay healthy. While he does have quite a while to make the comeback and get health, the Redskins training staff doesn’t inspire much confidence with their routine inability to get players to come back in a timely manner. So, Foster will need to be watched as a result, but the team will likely ease him back into action.
If Foster can return to the fold, he could really help the Redskins defense and solidify the front seven. And that could make that unit scary good — provided that the team gets some new defensive leadership on that side of the ball (as expected).