Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster had to leave last Sunday’s game early after experiencing an irregular heartbeat.
After carrying the ball 10 times for 15 yards in the Texans loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Foster let everyone know via Twitter that he was okay:
“I appreciate all the concern and support. I am doing well. Saw a cardiologist today and everything is back to normal.”
With the help of Foster, the Texans have already clinched a playoff birth and their division. Next Sunday they play the Indianapolis Colts. A win would net them the number one seed in the playoffs and home field advantage throughout.
USA Today reports that Houston head coach Gary Kubiak was told Foster would have been able to go back into the game last Sunday but chose to air on the side of caution.
For Arian Foster, this is not a new condition. However, this is the first time it has happened in a game. Coach Kubiak did confirm that his running back has experienced an irregular heartbeat in practice a few times.
About Foster’s irregular heartbeat, Kubiak says:
“He calms down and he’s fine.”
In other words, an athlete or coach experiencing an irregular heartbeat is not as serious as it sounds. Earlier in the season, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh missed a few days of practice to have surgery to correct his irregular heartbeat. He was able to coach his team’s next game just fine.
Here is a video of Arian Foster during games:
Considering his condition, do you think the Texans should rest Arian Foster the final week of the season to preserve him for the playoffs?