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Reuben Foster has marijuana charge in Tuscaloosa dropped

Reuben Foster (#10) leading Alabama's defense to victory over Washington in 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
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Could this be a sign of him leaving his troubles behind? 

Hopefully, it is so for Reuben Foster. After dealing court hearings on a felony domestic violence situation – charges were dropped – more good news came Friday as the former Alabama linebacker and 2016 Butkus Award winner had a marijuana charged dropped as well. 

Foster was arrested in January for pot possession in Tuscaloosa, however, a tweet from Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee states that his misdemeanor case was dismissed upon his completion of a diversion course. This comes on the heels of the 49ers’ first-round pick from 2017 having another situation work out well, seeing the domestic violence charges gone. 

While he’s still under the charge of having an illegal weapon, Foster’s receipt and permit on the item in question should reduce the punishment to a misdemeanor.

Although he appears to be in the clear, the National Football League will still review Foster’s case at Alabama – according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com, when it comes to if he violated the substance-abuse policy. 

He was present for organized team activities on Thursday and has been aware of the comments made by general manager John Lynch on him having to earn everything. Foster totaled 72 tackles through 10 games in 2017 and could be the anchor San Francisco needs if he remains focused. 

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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