After deciding to give Reuben Foster an immediate second chance following his domestic violence arrest, the Washington Redskins say they'll continue to investigate the 24-year-old's legal problems and are making no assurances he'll ever play for them given the obstacles he must clear to return.
Foster is currently on the NFL's Commissioner Exempt list and cannot play in games or practice following his arrest Saturday night at the San Francisco 49ers' team hotel in Tampa. He has been charged with one count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence.
Washington was the only team to put in a claim for Foster after the 49ers released him Monday, the league's latest example of an organization looking past off-field issues for potential on-field production.
Coach Jay Gruden on Wednesday acknowledged the Redskins must deal with the public criticism of adding Foster so soon after his arrest, but the coach isn't sure the second-year linebacker will actually ever suit up for Washington.
Foster was arrested on a domestic violence charge last spring. Though those charges were dropped, Foster served a two-game suspension to begin this season for his arrest on a gun charge and for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Darnold feeling better
Sam Darnold is getting closer to being back under center for the New York Jets.
The rookie quarterback was limited at practice Wednesday, a positive sign after he had sat out team drills since injuring his right foot more than three weeks ago.
"Felt really good today, got some action," Darnold said after practice. "So, I'm just going to continue to do what I can to get better and see where we go from here."
Darnold acknowledged his foot was "a little sore," but has his sights set on being ready to play Sunday at Tennessee after missing the Jets' past two games.
Darnold strained his foot against Miami on Nov. 4 and hadn't previously thrown passes during quarterback drills during the half-hour window the media are allowed to watch until Wednesday.
Jets guard on IR
The New York Jets placed left guard James Carpenter on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury, ending the season for one of the team's most reliable players.
Carpenter had started in 58 straight games since signing with the Jets as a free agent in 2015 until missing New York's 27-13 loss to New England last Sunday.
Panthers safety feels targeted
Eric Reid says he's being targeted by the NFL because of his pending collusion case after being drug tested five times since signing with the Panthers on Sept. 27.
Drug screenings throughout the NFL are random, but the Panthers safety says this year for him it has been "excessive." He says in a normal 17-week season he's tested "maybe twice."
Reid believes the extra tests are related to fallout from his collusion case against the NFL which alleges owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest social and racial injustice.