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    San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster said he is using his legal problems that he feared could cost him his football career this offseason as a learning tool going forward now that he has been cleared of the most serious charges.

    Foster spoke to the media on Saturday for the first time since he was charged in April for felony domestic assault and later exonerated when the accuser recanted her story and a judge found no other credible evidence.

    "I learned every day I have to go harder at everything I do now to better myself even more http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/roquan-smith-jersey ," Foster said. "It's like do or die. Just don't mess up. ... It's like how I'm trying to craft my career, I have to craft my life."

    Foster spent much of his offseason dealing with legal issues rather than preparing for his second season in the NFL. He was charged in January in Alabama with second-degree marijuana possession. That charge was eventually dismissed after he completed a first-time offender diversion course.

    Foster then faced more serious charges for an incident in California in February. He was initially charged in April with felonies for domestic violence, making criminal threats and weapons possession after being accused of beating up his ex-girlfriend.

    A judge ruled there was no probable cause on the first two charges after the ex-girlfriend recanted the allegations and the judge found no other evidence to support the charges. The weapons charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and Foster pleaded no-contest to that in June.

    He was sentenced to two years' probation, 232 hours of community service, and $235 in fines.

    Foster declined to discuss specifics of the case on Saturday and is just thankful to be back with his teammates on the field.

    "It made me appreciate football a lot better," he said. "It was crazy knowing that football could be gone. Just being back on this field with my brothers and these coaches is a blessing."

    Foster missed about a month of the offseason program while dealing with the legal issues and will also be suspended without pay for the first two games of the regular season for violating the NFL's conduct and substance-abuse policy.

    He is able to take part in training camp and play the exhibition games, but must sit out San Francisco's games against Minnesota and Detroit before being allowed to return on Sept. 17 before the Niners play Kansas City.

    "It was painful," Foster said of the punishment. "It's football, something I do, something I love. It is what it is. Accept the consequences, you take it and you move on. You learn from it Ramon Humber Jersey , too, and you grow from it."

    The 49ers stood behind Foster even as he was not allowed at the facility. But coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have made clear that Foster must get his life in order and avoid further legal trouble if he wants to remain part of the organization.

    "I think Reuben's done a great job just handling it," Shanahan said. "What they originally charged him with is as bad of a thing as you can imagine. It's a very embarrassing thing because of how bad it was. To have all that scrutiny on you and to have to go through that, I think would be a challenge for any human being. That would mess a lot of people up.

    "I've been really, very impressed with Reuben in how he handled it, the process he went through while it was going on and after it got dropped, how he's handled himself since. I know he learned a lot through it. We talked about it a lot at the beginning, that some things seem so bad but if you get through it, it can be a good thing in the long run. If you handle it right, it can enlighten you in some things and help you grow. I really think it has for Reuben and I think it's benefited him in the long run."

    Foster said he appreciated the support, especially from teammates who came to court in a public show of support. One of those teammates was Richard Sherman Jordan Mills Jersey , who barely knew Foster after signing with the team in March.

    Sherman and Foster now have lockers next to each other.

    "That's real. He's a man for that," Foster said of Sherman coming to court in April. "I respect Richard Sherman for that, coming to court and supporting me. Just being there for me at the hard times."

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A whirlwind 24 hours had Antonio Morrison go from on the outs with the Indianapolis Colts to a potentially important player with the Green Bay Packers.

    The inside linebacker got right to work on Monday with Green Bay, which traded for Morrison to boost depth at a position hit by injuries. Morrison was at practice before facing more meetings and a long night of cramming the playbook.

    If he’s a quick enough study, Morrison might even play in the preseason finale on Thursday night at Kansas City. At the very least, he’s happy to get a chance with a team that plays a 3-4 defense, which more suits his skillset.

    “Downhill, aggressive, a lot of plugging, a lot of hitting Oren Burks Jersey ,” Morrison said. “This fits my style of play.”

    The Packers were already keeping an eye on experienced inside linebackers around the league after Jake Ryan, a top run defender, suffered a season-ending knee injury on July 31. He was set to start alongside Blake Martinez in Green Bay’s base defense.

    Rookie Oren Burks, a third-round draft pick, then appeared to be next in line to replace Ryan when he had a shoulder injury during pregame warmups last week against Oakland. It does not appear as if it is a long-term setback, though it’s unclear whether Burks might be ready for the season opener against Chicago on Sept. 9.

    Behind Burks was a group of undrafted free agents all in their first training camps.

    “Coming into camp, I think we were a little light in the experience department at inside linebacker. So it’s something we’ve kind of been looking at,” said general manager Brian Gutekunst. He was familiar with Morrison from having scouted him for the 2016 draft.

    “A lot of passion, very physical. He loves to play ball,” Gutekunst said. “It’ll be good to get him out there and see how he fits in.”

    He seemed to fit in fine last year with the Colts, where he started 15 games and led the team with a career-high 108 tackles. But that was when Indianapolis was playing a 3-4 defense. The Colts have switched to a 4-3 defense this preseason under new coach Frank Reich.

    Originally the Colts’ fourth-round draft pick in 2016 Chase Daniel Jersey , Morrison started sliding down the team’s depth chart in the new base scheme that requires only one starting inside linebacker.

    “No, no frustration at all. I see what they were trying to build there,” Morrison said. “I had somewhat of a role, but here I may get a little more opportunity than there was being somewhere else. The 3-4, that’s fitting to what I do. I like it.”

    NOTES: QB Aaron Rodgers missed practice because of an illness. … The Packers hope to get WR Trevor Davis (hamstring) into the Chiefs game for his first action of the preseason. Davis’ strength is as a returner, but his roster spot could be in jeopardy because of the depth at wideout. Green Bay took three receivers in the draft, while free agent receiver Juke Kumerow was impressive in camp before hurting his shoulder two weeks ago. … What was supposed to be the final preseason practice open to the public was closed after being moved indoors because of the weather.

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