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Report: NFL threatened to fine Arian Foster over media obligations

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The NFL sent Houston Texans running back Arian Foster a letter threatening a fine if he did not fulfill media obligations, reports John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Foster declined to speak with the media for most of the offseason, but agreed to a press conference in late July. He wound up giving the same response to every question reporters asked, saying "I'm just trying to be the best teammate I can be."

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Foster played just eight games for the Texans last season because of a back injury and had surgery in November. He recently revealed that he contemplated leaving football after the injury. 

The 27-year-old has been dealing with hamstring injuries during training camp, but returned to practice Wednesday.

The Texans list Jonathan Grimes as Foster's backup. The 5-10, 209-pound back out of William and Mary started in the first preseason game and finished with 39 yards on 10 carries. Former New York Giants running back Andre Brown was expected to in the rotation, but the Texans cut him on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

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- Molly Geary

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