Arian Foster denies report he's considering heart procedure


Associated Press & staff

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 7:40 PM

HOUSTON—Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is denying a report that he may undergo a heart procedure for a condition that forced him out of a game.

NFL Network reporter Alex Flanagan said Foster told her Thursday that he will "likely undergo" a heart ablation in about a month. An ablation involves the use of a catheter to correct structural problems that can lead to an abnormal heartbeat, according to the Mayo Clinic’s official Web site.

Foster issued a statement Friday, saying he’s fine and has no plans to undergo surgery.

"Thank you all for the concern. As of now, I have no complications with my blood pumper. There was a casual conversation with a reporter about my particular condition that turned public. But I have not, nor do I plan to anytime in the near future, have conversations with my doctors about any surgery," Foster said. "I am feeling well and am as exuberant as ever. Love and light to all those concerned!"

KHOU 11 Sports reporter Daniel Gotera spoke with Foster in New Orleans Friday.

"It wasn’t even supposed to go public. I was just talking to her about what could possibly happen in the future," Foster said. "I might or might not, but she kind of took that and ran with it."

Foster stressed that he’s fine.

"It’s a heart, so it’s something you have to get used to. It’s nothing fatal or anything like that so it’s kind of is what it is," Foster told Gotera.

The Texans also issued a statement from General Manager Rick Smith regarding Foster’s condition.

"We’re comfortable with where he is," Smith said. "Our medical team continues to monitor it. He missed one-half of a practice and one-half of a game, and our doctors treated him. We always monitor (Foster). He’s fine."

Foster, 26, left in the third quarter of Houston’s 23-6 loss to Minnesota on Dec. 23 with an irregular heartbeat. Coach Gary Kubiak said after the game that Foster had also experienced the problem in a practice.

Foster rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012.