While The NFL Network reported that Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is "likely to undergo a heart procedure next month," Texans executive vice president and general manager Rick Smith said the team has taken all of the necessary precautions and he is "comfortable" with Foster's situation.
"Our medical team continues to monitor it," Smith said on Friday. "He missed one half of a practice and one half of a game and the doctors treated him. We always monitor him. He's fine.
"We're comfortable with where he is."
Foster agrees with Smith.
"Thank you all for the concern," Foster said on Friday. "I have no complications with my blood pumper.
"There was a casual conversation with a reporter about my particular condition, that turned public. But I have not nor do I plan to anytime in the near future have conversations with my doctors about any surgery. I am feeling well and am as exuberant as ever.
"Love and light to all those concerned."
On Thursday the NFL network reported Foster is considering a "heart ablation" to fix the problem that caused him to leave the Texans game against the Minnesota Vikings in December.
According to the Mayo Clinic website a cardiac ablation is a procedure that can correct heart rhythm problems. An ablation typically uses catheters- long, flexible tubes inserted through a vein in the groin and threaded to the heart-to correct structural problems in the heart that cause arrhythmia.
Foster left the game against the Vikings because of an irregular heartbeat, but was cleared to return later.
Coach Gary Kubiak said then that he kept Foster out of the rest of the Vikings game as a precaution.
Foster said in his interview with the NFL Network that he has been aware of the issue with his heart since he was around 12-years-old and that he's had around eight incidents where he had an irregular heartbeat.
However, when he left the game against the Vikings Foster said it was the first time he had that issue during a game.
Foster said the heart problem causes him to have shortness of breath and doctors have told him former Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon had a similar condition.
Foster told the network his heart issue may be related to stress.
Clearly, the Texans are on top of Foster's situation and are monitoring accordingly, and Foster agrees with their assessment.