NFL Draft 2017: Alabama LB Reuben Foster failed drug test at Combine

The Alabama linebacker and possible top-10 pick has more adversity to overcome.

Reuben Foster was at the NFL Combine trying to prove to teams he made a full recovery from rotator cuff surgery. Instead, he was sent home after getting into a “heated” argument with a hospital worker. Now the Alabama linebacker and possible top-10 draft pick has more adversity to overcome.

Foster told NFL Media his urine sample obtained in Indianapolis during the Combine was reported as dilute — a failed test, per NFL policy.

Foster explained he was sick before the Combine and simply trying to stay hydrated and the failed test was not because of drug use.

"I couldn't eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade," Foster said. "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."

The 6-0, 245-pound Foster was one of the Crimson Tide’s best defensive playmakers the past three seasons. He recorded 115 tackles this past season en route to winning the Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in the country.

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"If it's first round, second round, whoever takes me will get a good football player and an All-Pro," Foster said. "I hope I go on Thursday, but I can't control that."


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