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Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster leaves combine early

Alabama linebacker and projected first-round pick Reuben Foster left the NFL Scouting Combine early on Saturday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported per a source briefed on his situation late Friday night.

Foster was involved in an argument with a student hospital worker earlier Friday evening after objecting to the way he was being treated, Rapoport reported. The big linebacker, who was not expected to participate in drills in Indianapolis because of recent rotator-cuff surgery in his right shoulder, will now return to Tuscaloosa on Saturday after the situation escalated and the decision was made that he should leave.

ESPN was first to report the news.

"Unless it becomes more than what we've heard, I don't think it's really going to impact him," draft analyst Mike Mayock said during Saturday's combine coverage on NFL Network.

Foster was projected to fall to the Kansas City Chiefs at pick No. 27 in Bucky Brooks' Thursday mock draft.

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