On Thursday night, reports began to surface of the Houston Texans’ Arian Foster likely having to undergo a heart procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat during the off-season.
Foster suffered the irregular heartbeat in Week 16 in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings and was pulled from the game as a result. Even though Foster didn’t return against the Vikings, the perennial Pro Bowler was able to return the following week and play out the regular season as well as the two games in the NFL playoffs.
Reportedly, Foster is denying possibly undergoing a heart procedure in a month’s time to correct the problem with no plans for surgery via ESPN.com:
Texans running back Arian Foster said he has not spoken with his doctors about “any surgery,” disputing a report that he was likely to undergo a heart procedure in about a month.
“I am feeling well and am as exuberant as ever,” he said in a statement Friday.
Initially, the report of Foster possibly having to undergo the procedure was thought to be devastating for the Texans franchise moving forward. Foster was coming off one of his best seasons in Houston while being the anchor of the high-powered offense.
Without the All-Pro coming out of the backfield, the Texans’ offense would take a major blow and big step back after reaching the playoffs for two consecutive seasons.
Foster talked about his condition via ESPN:
“As of now, I have no complications with my blood pumper,” Foster said. “There was a casual conversation with a reporter about my particular condition that turned public. But I have not, nor do I plan to any time in the near future, have conversations with my doctors about any surgery.”
Fortunately for Foster and the Texans, one of the league’s best running backs will not be forced to undergo this surgery that might have jeopardized the rest of his career in the NFL. The irregular heartbeat might be a problem that continues for Foster, but the team will be doing everything within their power to diagnose the route of the problem in order to correct it.