Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is considering having a heart procedure within the next month, according to a NFL Network report.
Foster has dealt with an irregular heartbeat since age 12. However, it had never been an issue during a game until late in the season against Minnesota when the the three-time Pro Bowl selection was forced to go to the sideline in the third quarter.
The medical condition causes shortness of breath, Foster said. He added that he has experienced approximately eight episodes during his life.
But the team's medical staff apparently doesn't think the procedure, which is called an ablation, is necessary.
"Our medical team continues to monitor it," Texans general manager Rick Smith told KRIV in Houston. "He missed half of a practice and half of a game and the doctors treated him. We're comfortable with where he is,"
Foster still managed to finish the 2012 season sixth in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,424.