Reuben Foster Sent Home from NFL Combine After Argument with Hospital Worker

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2017

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 18:  Reuben Foster #10 of the Crimson team reacts to a play during the University of Alabama Crimson Tide A-day spring game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster was reportedly sent home from the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday evening after he got into a "heated argument with a hospital worker," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

Foster was scheduled to interview with teams Friday and do testing Saturday, per Schefter, but he's now slated to fly back to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, following the verbal altercation. 

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller provided additional details regarding the incident: 

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

I'm told Reuben Foster incident happened yesterday. Teams are working to get more details.

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

Just heard interviews were bad for Foster this week. One scout said it was a bad week for him. https://t.co/4roByvCSlH

Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson cited a source who said Foster "got into heated argument with a doctor" because he felt "mistreated." The source also said it was not a "physical confrontation."

Robert Klemko of The MMQB reported more information on the altercation:

Robert Klemko @RobertKlemko

Foster grew impatient with long line for exams... pulled the 'do you know who I am?' card.

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A male hospital employee, unimpressed, told him he would wait like everyone else.

Robert Klemko @RobertKlemko

Foster warned the man that he'd put hands on him, and the employee said, simply, Do it.

Foster said in an Instagram apology to ask former Alabama teammates Tim Williams and Dalvin Tomlinson bout the incident. Chase Goodbread of NFL.com said he did and both said they did not witness the altercation.

"Blown out of proportion," former teammate Ryan Anderson added, per Goodbread.

When reached for comment, an NFL spokesman told Schefter that Foster was sent home for "personal reasons."

The 2016 Dick Butkus Award winner, Foster shined at Alabama last season to the tune of five sacks and 115 tackles, including 13 for loss. 

Thanks to that production, Foster shot up draft boards and cemented himself as a potential top-10 selection in April's draft. 

In his latest mock draft, Miller predicted Foster to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 9 overall. 

"Foster's range, instincts and tackling skill set are among the best you'll see at middle linebacker in college," Miller wrote. "He's tailor-made for the pro game with his speed to the edge and what he's been asked to do as the 'Mike' linebacker for Alabama."

However, Foster has dealt with injury woes since his time at Alabama came to a close. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, Foster underwent right rotator cuff surgery in February.  

Combine those issues with this report of an altercation, and Foster may have to do some work when it comes to rehabilitating his image in advance of draft day. 


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