On Thursday, Alex Flanagan of the NFL Network reported that Texans running back Arian Foster was likely to undergo a heart procedure after being forced out of a game during the regular season because of an irregular heartbeat.
There isn’t unanimous opinion about the necessity of the operation, however. Texans General Manager Rick Smith said Friday that the team’s physicians don’t think Foster needs to have an operation because of the irregular heartbeat, which Foster has dealt with since childhood.
“Our medical team continues to monitor it. He missed half of a practice and half of a game and the doctors treated him. We’re comfortable with where he is,” Smith said, via Mark Berman of KRIV in Houston.
Foster will obviously have the final say on whether or not he has the operation, which is known as a heart ablation. The Mayo Clinic explains that the procedure involves using catheters strung through a vein in the groin to the heart to correct the structural problems that leads to arrhythmia.
However Foster decides to treat the ailment, we hope it doesn’t provide one of the league’s more engaging stars any further problems on or off the field.