San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from allegations that he attacked his then-girlfriend in their home in February.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 17, at which point Foster’s former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, may testify under oath.
Ennis has recanted the allegations that led to the domestic violence case. Foster has been charged with 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.
The 28-year-old woman initially told police that Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of their house and punched her in the head eight to 10 times. She later issued a statement through her attorney saying her injuries were the result of a fight with another woman.
Prosecutor Jim Demertzis has said the district attorney’s office will continue to prosecute the case against Foster even if Ennis does not cooperate with the investigation.
If convicted of all charges, Foster could face up to 11 years in prison. Foster remains a member of the 49ers, although the team hasn’t allowed him to participate in the offseason program while his case is ongoing.
Saints’ Mark Ingram suspended four games for PEDs
The NFL says New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been suspended for the first four regular season games of 2018 because of a violation of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.
The league has not released details about whether Ingram has tested positive for a performance enhancing drug or simply a banned masking agent.
The league says Ingram will be eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, and will be eligible to play in his first regular season game after the Saints visit the New York Giants on Sept. 30.
Ingram and his representatives at VIP Sports Management have not commented on the test results or whether Ingram will appeal.
Last season, Ingram rushed for a career-high 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns to go with 416 yards receiving.