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Diluted urine sample latest hurdle for Alabama LB Reuben Foster leading to draft

Diluted urine sample latest hurdle for Alabama LB Reuben Foster leading to draft

Throughout the 2016 college football season, Reuben Foster looked like a first-round lock in the NFL Draft. The linebacker logged 115 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and five sacks as his Alabama defense steamrolled through the SEC before a loss to Clemson in the national championship game. 

In the months since an actual football was snapped, Foster's stock has taken some hits. It started after the season when he underwent surgery for a rotator cuff injury. Then, at the NFL Combine, Foster engaged in an argument with a hospital worker and was sent home. 

On Thursday, the latest bombshell dropped. Foster will enter the NFL under the substance abuse program after his urine sample from Indianapolis came back as diluted.

From Ian Rapoport's NFL.com story:

Foster was notified that his urine sample obtained in Indianapolis during the combine was reported as dilute. Based on the provisions of the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse, "this will be treated like a positive test."

And more:

As for why the test came back dilute, Foster explained in detail. He said he was sick before the combine. He was throwing up, had diarrhea, couldn't keep anything down and was cramping. One adviser offered to have a doctor put him on IVs to hydrate, but he didn't want that. He saw a doctor, got some medication and started hydrating himself.

What all of this controversy will do for Foster in the draft could be quite interesting for Redskins fans. A linebacker with speed, Foster could be a big boost on the interior of the 'Skins 3-4 base. For months, it seemed he would not make it until the 17th pick, as most mocks had him selected inside the top 12 selections. 

After the combine situation, projections slipped somewhat for Foster, but still, in most places, the 'Bama LB went by the 15th pick.

Entering the NFL in the drug protocol, where there will be increased testing and the potential for immediate suspensions, could scare off a number of teams. 

"I hope I go on Thursday, but I can't control that," Foster told Rapoport. 

The NFL Draft always brings surprises, but what happens with Foster will be one of the more interesting scenarios to watch unfold next Thursday in Philadelphia. 

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One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

Vernon Davis played well in 2016, quite well in fact. Signed to a one-year deal after a poor 2015 season, expectations were low for Davis and he over-delivered.

He ended the season with 44 catches and 583 yards to go with two touchdowns, but a stat from Pro Football Focus truly stands out. 

There were 15 tight ends with more yards than Davis, including one on his own team in Jordan Reed. Still, at age 32, Davis had the moves to make defenders miss. 

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Even early in 2016, as early as training camp, a number of Redskins players mentioned that Davis still had speed and quickness. That didn't change throughout the 16 game season. Pro Football Focus just quantified it. 

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Terrelle Pryor has no problem keeping up with Antonio Brown during offseason workout

Terrelle Pryor has no problem keeping up with Antonio Brown during offseason workout

Having a workout buddy is good. Having a workout buddy who's a three-time All-Pro and who churns out 100-catch seasons like Michael Bay churns out dreadful Transformers sequels, however, is better.

It's that second kind that Terrelle Pryor has chosen to spend time with recently. On Thursday, the Redskins wideout tweeted footage of him working out alongside Antonio Brown, and even though he is much taller and 40+ pounds heavier than the Steelers star, Pryor didn't have that much trouble keeping up with the NFL's top outside threat.

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Take a look at this race between the two, for instance, in which the pair of pass-catchers blow by the camera man so quickly, he fails to film the contest's conclusion:

You can also watch Pryor and Brown go through a ladder drill while wearing a band around their ankles at the end of this video from the Redskins. Now, that band would likely cause some problems for common folk trying to complete the drill, but as these two show, they aren't common:

They even found time for yoga (please be sure to note how Pryor's groutfit is so thorough that it includes his mat): 

For a guy like Pryor — who's still relatively new to his position — spending offseason time with Antonio Brown could really pay off for both him and the Redskins in 2017.

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