Alabama LB Reuben Foster says he failed drug test at combine

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Foster told him that he failed a drug test at the NFL Combine due to a diluted sample.

Foster was notified that his urine sample obtained in Indianapolis during the combine was reported as dilute. And I'm a coach-pleaser. But the injury concerns, now coupled with the fact that he'll be in the NFL's drug program, could cause some teams to pass on him early. The Butkus Award victor last season said he couldn't keep much food down and was drinking water and Gatorade to keep his weight up ahead of meetings with coaches and team executives. But there are other factors that go into it, and the pre-draft process has not gone well for Reuben Foster.

Foster, acknowledging that someone eventually was going to violate his privacy rights by reporting on a failed drug test under the substance-abuse policy, opted to disclose the situation to one of the outlets that would have been ready and willing to violate his privacy rights by reporting on the failed test. I don't care what everybody thinks, but I care what coaches think.

He was also asked why it was diluted, and he said he was sick, perhaps with food poisoning. So I drank and ate as much as I could without throwing up. He said he was sick before the combine. His production on the field has drawn comparisons to outstanding linebackers such as Luke Kuechley, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year as well as All-Pro Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. "I hope I go on Thursday, but I can't control that". Instead, he was sent home after getting into a "heated" argument with a hospital worker. Teams have already spoken to him about the company he chooses to keep.

Questions about his history with shoulder stingers, the mishap at the Combine, and now the diluted test will likely hurt Foster's draft status.

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