First reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that incident follows reports that Foster had shoulder surgery last month and was not going to participate in drills at the combine, which is taking place in Indianapolis. Schefter said that Foster, having done team interviews Friday, was set for some “team tests” on Saturday, but instead he will fly back to Tuscaloosa.
Yahoo’s Charles Robinson added a few details, reporting that Foster “felt mistreated” by a doctor, although it wasn’t “a physical confrontation.” According to an NFL spokesman cited by Schefter, Foster was being sent home for “personal reasons.”
Even what little Foster managed to accomplish at the combine reportedly didn’t go well for him, with Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller passing along word that the “interviews were bad for Foster this week.” He added, “One scout said it was a bad week” for the unanimous first-team all-American.
Foster, a 6-1, 228-pounder who won the Butkus award as the nation’s top college linebacker, will have another chance soon to make a better impression on NFL scouts. Alabama’s pro day is on Wednesday, and although Foster will still be rehabbing his shoulder, he can at least make up for some of what he will miss in Indianapolis.
In any event, Foster is not expected to suffer a precipitous drop in the draft, but any slide could make him a bargain for a team picking later in the first round. According to NFL.com’s profile, he is “a vicious hitter with elite playmaking range,” and he has “Pro Bowl potential as a 3-4 inside linebacker or a 4-3 weakside linebacker.”