Arian Foster did something very cool. Unfortunately, it’s backfiring in the worst way.
The Houston Texans star running back posted a link to an MRI of his hurt hamstring on Wednesday. Prior to the MRI going public, the team maintained the stance that Foster hopefully would be ready to go in the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. It now sounds like the medical community doesn’t think that’s going to happen.
ESPN’s sports medicine expert reportedly said the injury is significant based on the MRI and he doubts that Foster, the usual #1 selection in 2011 fantasy football leagues that have already drafted, will play in Week 1.
What was Foster thinking by posting the image? Had he been told the injury isn’t so bad and he thought he’d show that to the world only to have other doctors disagree with the opinion he’d be given? Did he know the injury was bad and figured he’d show it so no one would doubt his toughness? Did he just happen to see a cool photo of his MRI and thought it would be fun to share with his followers and their followers and so on?
No matter what, there’s no way that Foster could have expected the response that’s come of the photo, but in the big business of sports, and, whether he likes it or not, fantasy sports, Foster needs to know better. In the meantime, slide Derrick Ward, Ben Tate and Steve Slaton up a few notches on your fantasy draft boards.