Texans RB Arian Foster: No heart procedure any time soon

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, left, tries to tackle Houston Texans running back ArianFoster during the first half of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
February 1, 2013 2:23:26 PM PST
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says a casual conversation with a reporter led to a story about him considering a heart procedure, but the Pro Bowl running back says the report is not true.

Foster, whose condition forced him out of a game this season, released a statement just prior to noon about the report.

The statements reads: "Thank you all for the concern. As of now, I have no complications with my blood pumper. There was a casual conversation with a reporter about my particular condition that turned public. But I have not, nor do I plan to anytime in the near future, have conversations with my doctors about any surgery. I am feeling well and am as exuberant as ever. Love and light to all those concerned!"

An earlier report suggested that Foster said would "likely undergo" a heart ablation in about a month. An ablation involves the use of a catheter to correct structural problems that can lead to an abnormal heartbeat, according to the Mayo Clinic's official Web site.

The 26-year-old Foster left in the third quarter of Houston's 23-6 loss to Minnesota on Dec. 23 with an irregular heartbeat. Coach Gary Kubiak said after the game that Foster had also experienced the problem in a practice.

Foster rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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