Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster had a very rough NFL Combine.
The potential first-round pick was sent home from the event after an argument with a hospital worker, and while he was there, produced a diluted urine sample for a drug test, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Per Rapaport, Foster’s diluted sample is treated as a positive test according to the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse. But Foster insists there is a legitimate explanation for it.
He blames food poisoning, according to the NFL.com report:
As for why the test came back dilute, Foster explained in detail. He said he was sick before the Combine. He was throwing up, had diarrhea, couldn’t keep anything down and was cramping. One adviser offered to have a doctor put him on IVs to hydrate, but he didn’t want that. He saw a doctor, got some medication and started hydrating himself.
Foster believes it was food poisoning.
“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 added that he has no problem going in a program for the NFL and being tested.
There is no doubt about Foster’s talent once he gets to the NFL level. Considering what he has dealt with leading up to the draft, he probably can’t wait until he arrives there.