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Texans fans on edge after Internet hoax

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Social media was hot and one man's well-being had Houston Texans fans on edge.

Was one of Houston's star athletes down for the count?

"I just think people get a kick out of tricking other people," 610 AM sports announcer Nick Wright said.

That trick was a fake online article.  Its writer said Texans running back Arian Foster was involved in a car accident.  The non-existent Houston Highway Authority confirmed he was hit by an elderly driver, breaking both of his legs.

Jesus Delgadillo, a die-hard Texans fan, was in a near-panic when he saw a tweet claiming Foster, the man who could get us over the hump this coming weekend, was hospitalized.
"Arian Foster is one of the best runners on our team, so it scared me because we're going far already we're playing the Patriots," Delgadillo said.

Wright gave updates every hour, trying to counter the fake Internet report.

"There was enough people that believed it that it was brought to everyone on my show's attention by 6 in the morning," he said.

By the way, the Texans are aware of the phony report, along with reps from Arian Foster's management team.  They said he is fine.

So why make a false report on social media?  Wright said Foster is not the first athlete to be the target of an Internet hoax.

"The Texans are 9 or 10 points underdogs, completely healthy," he said.  "I think they're going to have to play as well as they can play.  They can beat the Patriots.  They're gonna have to play great to do it but without Arian Foster, I don't think they will have a chance."

And that is the reason: to scare thousands of Texans fans like Jesus Delgadillo to death, giving them little hope for football dominance in the NFL this season.

"Now it makes sense they just want us to lose, but we're not going to lose this time," Delgadillo said.

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