Arian Foster denies surgery rumors

In week 16 Arian Foster, Houston Texans’ running back, was forced out of the game because of an irregular heart beat. Now there are rumors that Foster is to have surgery on his heart in the next month.

NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan reported on Thursday that Foster was going to have surgery. The news went viral and even ESPN Sports Center tweeted about the news:

“Report: Texans RB Arian Foster likely to undergo heart surgery in about a month, after irregularities appeared in Week 16 (via NFL Network)”

However now Sports Center has tweeted the opposite:

“UPDATE: Texans RB Arian Foster says reported heart procedure is not happening: ‘I am feeling well and am as exuberant as ever.’”

Foster released in a statement that he has not spoken to doctors about undergoing surgery, according to USA Today.

Foster said, ”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. I am feeling well and am as exuberant as ever. Love and light to all those concerned!”

Week 16 was the first time Foster has felt his heart race at an irregular heart beat during a game. He has had this heart condition since he was 12 and he can count eight instances where he has felt the irregularity. Foster also mentions that the worst side effect is that he becomes short of breath.

His heart condition is not a concern for the Texans, according to the Washington Post. Texans general manager Rick 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.”

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