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Reuben Foster, 49er's inside linebacker, was charged Thursday in Santa Clara County with felony violence at home after he beat up his girlfriend and broke her ear drum  The 24-year-old player – who was not immediately dismissed by his team who said it would monitor the case – has been investigated since Los Gatos police took him to the shelter on February 11 after a dispute allegedly having killed the victim at least eight times .
The prosecutors also charged Foster with causing great bodily injury and attempted to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and having a survival weapon – all felonies. He faces up to 11 years in prison if they were convicted, said the district law firm.
Foster made his first appearance in a San Jose court on Thursday afternoon. He was wearing a suit and tie, followed by teammate Richard Sherman and did not go into a reason. A judge ordered him to stay away from the victim.
Foster declined to answer questions outside the court when he entered a black Lexus.
In a brief statement, 49ers noted that they were "aware of today's disturbing charges". CEO Jed York has said that he will eventually call Foster's status with the team.
"We continue to follow this serious issue," said the team about its second leading tackler last season. "Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great control and will depend on what is learned through the legal process."
The night of the incident flagged the victim a stranger car on Shannon Road in Los Gatos and asked the person to call 911 according to the district law firm.
She even told the Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies and Los Gatos police officers as Foster dragged her in her hair, threw her physically out of the house and hit her in the house head eight to ten times. The victim, who has not been identified, was treated for her injuries to a hospital, the authorities said.
Investigators sought Foster homes and discovered a Sig Sauer 516 weapon that was illegal in California, said the District Attorney. Foster was arrested and released after sending $ 75,000 the sponsor.
Prosecutor Kevin Smith said Thursday that charges "speak for themselves."
"We do not care who the perpetrator is, their status in society or something of that nature," he said.
Foster is scheduled to enter a remark on April 30th.
The incident was Foster's second grip in a month. He was arrested on January 12 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., With suspicion of marijuana possession.
In 2017, Foster failed a drug test at the NFL Combination Board after claiming that a diluted urine sample was sent. He was kicked out of the comedy after an ill-treatment with a hospital worker.
Foster could now face NFL discipline, giving players a six-star suspension for an initial incident under his domestic violence policy. In an email, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said the NFL kept an eye on Foster.
"We continue to monitor all developments in this matter under review of personal development policy," wrote McCarthy.
After remaining relatively quiet after Foster, 49's General Manager John Lynch arrested the problem at this year's NFL combination on February 28 in Indianapolis.
"With this we have been a little quiet. And that's for some reason. There are places I can not and will not go," said Lynch, who added: "We are actively monitoring the protocols already in law enforcement and NFL. "
Lynch chose Foster with the 31st overall election in the draft of 2017.
" If you remember at this time last year, there were a lot of discussions about Reuben, "Lynch said in February." A The thing we knew was that we would have to put a good structure around him. A lesson I learned is probably much easier to do in the university environment than in the NFL. These guys must be men. 49ers wait and see approaches to Foster's catchy had been compared to the quick action they took in April last year when they released cornerback Tramaine Brock one day after being arrested and accused of trying to crush his girlfriend. The charges were released one month later on because of insufficient evidence.
Lynch said he was aware of the criticism he had taken to release Brock, a player he inherited but retained Foster, his second draft was chosen as General Manager.  "I said then and I say now, I think our attitude is that each of these situations is unique and different, "Lynch said." Hi, I know there are many guesses about, "Well, that was obviously not Brock that was it player like Reuben. "I would contend and say he was a startback for us. And we did not take it easy. "
Lynch also said that he and 49's head coach Kyle Shanahan had talked with Foster this offseason about" just our expectations of him and our expectations of all our players. "
49ers defensive back Jaquiski Tartt was one of the few people on Thursday to offer support to Foster. He wrote on Twitter," Prayer to my brother @ Ferrarrifoster love you brother! "
A 49-year-old spokesman said that is unclear if Foster will be present Monday before the start of the team's offseason program.
Sarah Ravani, Eric Branch and Matt Kawahara are the San Francisco Chronicle Staff Author. Email: [email protected], [email protected], mkawahara @ sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ SarRavani @Eric_Branch @ Matthew Kawahara