Former Alabama standout linebacker Reuben Foster has had a pretty terrible offseason leading into this month’s NFL Draft. He had the fuss with the medical staff for his pre-Combine check up and has not really made up with anyone for it since. It seems that the issue has gotten worse as he reportedly had a diluted urine sample that is being “treated like a positive test.”
Foster disclosed the test results to NFL.com because, he says, “This is something that’s going to get out. I don’t make excuses. I’m a real dude. I try to be a good person. … I just hope the coaches understand and that’s all I can hope and pray for.” Foster has already been on the phone talking with teams telling them himself.
Foster tried to explain the diluted sample as well by saying that he was sick the day before the check up and basically self hydrated and didn’t take any IVs from doctors beforehand. He believes it was food poisoning and he told NFL.com in detail exactly how he approached the situation:
“I couldn’t eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade,” said Foster, who began the process as the consensus top linebacker based on his game tape and measurables. “Then a few coaches said something about me being too light. And I’m a coach-pleaser. I don’t care what everybody thinks, but I care what coaches think. So I drank and ate as much as I could without throwing up. Then I went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test.”
Foster is projected as a top-15 pick by almost every draft analyst and this may or may not affect his status. Regardless, he understands he will be in the league’s drug program and will be subject to random tests throughout the year. He said he will be ready for those and is ready for the league to bring them on.