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Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Eric Foster has surgery after suffering gruesome injury Monday night (updated)


Eric Foster, his right ankle in an inflatable cast, rides off shouting encouragement to his Indianapolis Colts teammates Monday night. (PIERRE DUCHARME / Reuters)
Updated at 5:03 p.m.

Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster underwent surgery today at a Tampa hospital to repair the dislocated ankle he suffered Monday night.

“The surgery went well,” Coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’s going to be there for probably three or four days or so, then he’s going to come on back. From what we understand, it went as scheduled and as planned and we’re praying for a speedy recovery for him.”

Filed at 1:32 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster was hospitalized overnight and will undergo surgery after dislocating his right ankle in a gruesome “Monday Night Football” sequence.

Foster was hurt in a scrum at the line of scrimmage late in the first half of the Colts’ 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and it was instantly apparent, give his his teammates’ reaction, that the injury was a serious one. (See video — be warned that it’s tough to watch, but not Theismann-LT tough to watch — after the jump.) Foster, whose motto on Twitter is “Dont move my Mountain Lord just give me the strength to climb,” encouraged his teammates and waved to the crowd s he was carted off the field.

A fourth-year player out of Rutgers, Foster is expected to be hospitalized a few days. “Eric is resting comfortably at Tampa hospital,n good spirits,he'll b home 2Indy n a couple days,” Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted.

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