Gary Kubiak: Arian Foster had irregular heartbeat

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

With the Texans looking nothing like a potential AFC title contender in their 23-6 loss vs. the Vikings, Houston had to play without one of the best running backs in the league.

As various reports stated, Arian Foster returned to the locker room in the third quarter with an illness and did not return. Coach Gary Kubiak revealed after the game that Foster was suffering from an irregular heartbeat.

Kubiak also said doctors told him Foster could return to the game, but Kubiak said he didn't want to risk it and he decided to go with backup running backs Ben Tate and Justin Forsett instead.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that Foster told teammates and associates after the game that he is fine. The irregular heartbeat is not believed to be serious, and no further testing has been scheduled.

The Texans offense already struggled vs. the Vikings, so that diagnosis seems a little scary, and moving forward into the playoffs, now is not the time for Houston to lose one of its most important pieces.

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