The Redskins have claimed linebacker Reuben Foster off waivers.
Washington released a statement Tuesday to announce the move.
“Today we have claimed the rights to LB Reuben Foster,” Redskins executive Doug Williams wrote in a statement. “The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben. If true, you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organization would ever condone.
“Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the Burgundy and Gold as a player.
“That being said, we decided to investigate the situation with Reuben further by claiming his rights after candid conversations with a number of his ex-Alabama teammates and current Redskins players who were overwhelmingly supportive of us taking this chance.
“Nothing is promised to Reuben, but we are hopeful being around so many of his former teammates and friends will eventually provide him with the best possible environment to succeed both personally and professionally.”
— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) November 27, 2018
Foster was released by the 49ers on Sunday one day after he was arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident at the team hotel in Tampa, FL.
According to USA Today, the Redskins did not contact the police following Foster’s domestic battery arrest. The report cited an anonymous source.
The Eagles were reportedly the only team to contact the police department.
Foster was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list Tuesday following the Redskins’ announcement.
The NFL has placed #Redskins LB Reuben Foster on the commissioner’s exempt list while they review the matter of his arrest over the weekend, per a league spokesman. He may not practice or attend games.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 27, 2018
He was suspended for the first two games of the season following a weapons charge stemming from another incident earlier in the year.