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The 49ers could end up releasing Reuben Foster after the Santa Clara district attorney on Thursday formally charged the linebacker with felony domestic violence in an incident in February. The sheriff's office says the victim suffered bruises and a ruptured eardrum and had to be taken to the hospital. Each is a felony.

Foster also faces potential discipline from the league following an incident in January when he was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana in Alabama. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years and eight months in prison.

Foster was scheduled arraigned on Thursday.

Prosecutor Kevin Smith with the Domestic Violence Unit said, "Our focus is on holding accountable those who hurt their intimate partners".

Kevin Smith, deputy district attorney in the family violence unit, said the charges "underscore how serious we take all domestic violence in this county", noting that the Foster case is just one of almost 5,000 domestic violence cases his office handles each year.

Additionally, during the search of Foster's house, "officers found the weapon - a Sig Sauer 516 - along with its large capacity magazine - both of which are illegal to possess in California". "We will continue to follow this serious matter".

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was reportedly charged with three felonies stemming from a February arrest. Though highly talented, Foster's injury history and character questions - he was kicked out of the Combine past year after both failing his drug test and allegedly mistreating a hospital worker during his medical checks, and was arrested in January while in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession - made him a risk for many teams.

49ers released a statement on LB Reuben Foster saying the team is "aware" of his recent charges and his place in the organization is under "great scrutiny". He is pictured warming up prior to a game on December 24, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.