Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Reuben Foster's disastrous NFL Combine also included a failed drug test

Reuben Foster's disastrous NFL Combine also included a failed drug test

So I drank and ate as much as I could without throwing up.

The report stated Foster's urine test was reported as "diluted".

Regardless of the reason, however, Foster will be in the NFL's drug program.

Rapoport said Foster has already been on the phone himself, calling teams to share his side of the story.

Foster claimed to NFL.com that the diluted sample was the result of an illness (he believes it was food poisoning) that prevented him from eating, but he still drank a lot of fluids. "I hope I go on Thursday, but I can't control that". He has been up-front about these issues since the Combine, but as things keep coming up, some teams are likely going to get shaky about spending a first round draft choice on him.

"Put me in the [drug] program".

Foster had a huge career in Tuscaloosa, and he won the Butkus Award at the conclusion of last season.

This wasn't the only issue for the Alabama product at the combine.

"I'm doing everything I'm supposed to do, but no matter what I do, it doesn't come out right", he said. Apart from being sent home after an altercation with a health-care worker at the hospital where prospects are poked and prodded, Foster failed the drug test. He later sent a letter to teams apologizing for his dismissal. Foster spoke right before addressing his former Bama teammates about the pre-draft process and what it's been like. If he's instead saying what he has to say to salvage his draft status, teams need to be sure that he will consistently choose football over whatever substance may have been in his system once he knows he'll be tested on a regular basis. Growing up, those were the people from my neighborhood.

Foster graduated from Alabama and called the plays for their complex defense. But he said he's grateful for it and is looking forward to Thursday. Could this top-10 player take a nosedive one week from tonight in the first round of the National Football League draft?

"Big-time player", one GM said.

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