Sports stars on Twitter. Always the source of amusement.
Little did Texans running back and very high pick in my fantasy draft Arian Foster know that his tweet earlier today regarding his hamstring injury would result in a diagnosis by ESPN and a Twitter debate regarding the severity of said injury.
When Foster limped off the field Saturday night during a preseason game with the 49ers, people took to Twitter to express their concern about his condition. And yes, more than a few of those tweets discussed the upcoming fantasy football season.
Seeing this flood of tweets regarding his injury, Foster took offense to those concerned about his ability to rack up points in their office league –
4 those sincerely concerned, I’m doing ok & plan 2 B back by opening day. 4 those worried abt your fantasy team, u ppl are sick
This tweet garnered the attention of many in the sports world, ESPN’s Colin Cowherd in particular. He tweeted this soon after –
Hey Arian Foster—
‘We really do care about you as a human too. Um,now about that hammy?
Foster countered with this –
Foster has stuck by his statement that he will be ready to play by the time the season opens. Earlier today, he tweeted a pic of his Hamstring MRI, saying that it showed a bunch of “anti-awesomeness.” (The pic is the article lead image)
The pic caused Twitter to explode with speculation: How severe is the injury really? Is Foster being overly optimistic about his chances to play on opening day? Apparently, the folks at ESPN decided to diagnose Foster through the twitpic. Their diagnosis differs slightly from Foster’s –
Arian Foster tweeted his hamstring MRI and it sure doesn’t look like he’s been in the lineup when the season starts. He has a tear.
ESPN’s Dr. Michael Kaplin thinks Arian Foster could be out three to four weeks with his hamstring injury. He’s done light jogging for 2 days
Foster is maintaining his story, however –
If I had a “significant injury” why post it? I’ll be fine, it was jus meant to make fun of the whole situation. Humor is lost nowadays.
I guess we will have to wait to find out if Twitter is a good doctor.