Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster (10) in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reuben Foster is the top inside linebacker heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, but his stock could be headed towards a precipice.

According to Shane Alexander of Inside the Pylon, the former Alabama star failed his combine re-check and could need a second surgery to repair damage to his rotator cuff.

Foster had surgery to repair this injury to his rotator cuff in February. He then got booted from the combine after getting into a heated argument with a member of the medical personnel at the annual scouting event, bringing up concerns about his off-field persona (more on that here).

However, assuming everything checked out medically speaking, the combine snafu wasn’t considered a deal-breaker for teams picking at the top of the draft considering Foster is one of the top players in the draft at any position.

This latest bit of news changes that narrative significantly. If he’s not healthy now and needs another surgery (potentially) then teams picking early in the first round will almost certainly choose a “safer” option.

Likely, barring other information that teams are privy to but we are not, he could still end up being a first-round pick. But this is a crushing blow that could cost the young man millions on his rookie deal.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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QUIZ: Name every member of the Alabama Crimson Tide to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft

Since 1936, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide have sent 50 players to the pros in the first round of the NFL draft. How many can you name?

Clue: Year-Draft Number-Position-Team

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0/54
Time:
12:00
1936 - 2 BB - BOS
Riley Smith
1948 - 1 QB - WAS
Harry Gilmer
1948 - 4 FB - WAS
Lowell Tew
1948 - 5 C - BOS
Vaughn Mancha
1951 - 9 FB - PIT
Butch Avinger
1963 - 6 LB - DAL
Lee Roy Jordan
1965 - 12 QB - STL
Joe Namath
1967 - 26 LB - NOR
Les Kelley
1968 - 20 WR - DAL
Dennis Homan
1973 - 4 G - NWE
John Hannah
1974 - 9 RB - SFO
Wilbur Jackson
1976 - 6 QB - NYJ
Richard Todd
1978 - 18 T - NWE
Bob Cryder
1978 - 23 TE - CLE
Ozzie Newsome
1979 - 6 LB - BAL
Barry Krauss
1979 - 14 DE - NYJ
Marty Lyons
1980 - 21 DB - MIA
Don McNeal
1981 - 5 LB - STL
E.J. Junior
1983 - 16 DT - ATL
Mike Pitts
1985 - 25 LB - CIN
Emanuel King
1986 - 4 DE - IND
Jon Hand
1987 - 2 LB - IND
Cornelius Bennett
1989 - 4 LB - KAN
Derrick Thomas
1990 - 4 DE - TAM
Keith McCants
1993 - 5 DE - CIN
John Copeland
1993 - 6 DE - TAM
Eric Curry
1993 - 29 DB - GNB
George Teague
1994 - 9 DB - CLE
Antonio Langham
1997 - 20 LB - MIN
Dwayne Rudd
1999 - 26 DB - JAX
Fernando Bryant
2000 - 3 T - WAS
Chris Samuels
2000 - 19 RB - SEA
Shaun Alexander
2009 - 6 T - CIN
Andre Smith
2010 - 8 LB - OAK
Rolando McClain
2010 - 20 DB - HOU
Kareem Jackson
2011 - 3 DT - BUF
Marcell Dareus
2011 - 6 WR - ATL
Julio Jones
2011 - 25 T - SEA
James Carpenter
2011 - 28 RB - NOR
Mark Ingram
2012 - 3 RB - CLE
Trent Richardson
2012 - 7 DB - TAM
Mark Barron
2012 - 17 DB - CIN
Dre Kirkpatrick
2012 - 25 LB - NWE
Dont'a Hightower
2013 - 9 DB - NYJ
Dee Milliner
2013 - 10 G - TEN
Chance Warmack
2013 - 11 T - SDG
D.J. Fluker
2014 - 17 LB - BAL
C.J. Mosley
2014 - 21 DB - GNB
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
2015 - 4 WR - OAK
Amari Cooper
2016 - 18 C - IND
Ryan Kelly
2017 - 16 CB - BAL
Marlon Humphrey
2017 - 17 - DE - WAS
Jonathan Allen
2017 - 19 - TE - TAM
O.J. Howard
2017 - 31 - LB - SF
Reuben Foster
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