3. LB Reuben Foster
Reuben Foster’s time with the Washington Football Team will always be more of a “what if” than anything else. Though he has been around for parts of the last three seasons, he has, incredibly, never played a down for the team.
After the team claimed him off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers in 2018, Foster had to sit out as the NFL investigated domestic violence claims against Foster. Then, before the 2019 season, Foster suffered a brutal knee injury in OTAs that knocked him out for the season.
Though there was hope that he’d have a chance to play in 2020, Foster’s injury was known to be serious, as it came with some nerve damage. He tried to make a comeback and got back on the practice field in August for the team. However, he didn’t look up to speed and couldn’t do enough on his knee to warrant a spot on the team.
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Ultimately, Ron Rivera and Co. decided to place Foster on Injured Reserve before trimming their roster down to 53. That officially ended Foster’s season before it began, once again.
Foster is still just 27, but at this point, he hasn’t played in the NFL since early in the 2018 season. He could eventually recover from the injury that has sidelined him for two years, but it’s fair to wonder if he’ll ever be the same in wake of the injury.
Maybe he can recover enough and will have a chance to develop into a quality player, but no team has been willing to take a chance on that yet.
It’s a shame that Foster had to get hurt because the Washington Football Team could’ve used a talented three-down linebacker to glue together their defense. Alas, they’ll have to keep searching for one while Foster waits to see if another NFL team will give him a chance to prove himself.