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.