Foster not considering procedure: Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says he isn’t likely to undergo a heart procedure called an ablation in order to control an irregular heartbeat, running contrary to a recent report. It is the same condition that forced Foster to leave a game in Week 16. Texans general manager Rick Smith says he believes his star running back won’t need the procedure and says the team’s doctors will continue to watch the situation. It’s certainly an issue to take seriously and you can be sure plenty of people will keep a keen eye on Foster’s health this offseason.
Marshall plans to start running soon: Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall recently talked about his excitement to work with new head coach Marc Trestman, but the news that should excite fantasy owners is the wideout’s timeline for getting back to action after hip surgery. Marshall says he hopes to be off crutches within the next two weeks and should be running within five weeks. That’s good news because the more time Marshall and quarterback Jay Cutler can have working together in a new offensive system, the more productive they’ll likely be during the regular season.
Browns to have QB competition: Just in case they hadn’t made it clear the first several times, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam reiterated that the team plans to hold a quarterback competition heading into next season. That’s not a major surprise considering how non-committal the team has been toward Brandon Weeden. But with speculation rising that the team is interested in Alex Smith and others, Weeden will have to step up in order to remain the team’s starter in 2013.
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