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Arian Foster hooks up duped female fan

Arian Foster fan

Arian Foster came through for a female fan who had a social media mishap involving the Houston Texans running back.

Two weeks ago, a Texans fan named Jenni Bazard posted a photo on Twitter of her and a man who she thought was Foster, boasting that she had met and taken a picture with one of her favorite football players:

As you can see, though the man in the photo looks like Foster, he clearly was not Arian Foster. Foster even responded to the woman over Twitter to inform her that she had been duped.

Fast forward nearly two weeks, and the real Foster got together with Bazard to make sure she could get a picture with the actual Texans running back:

Perfect ending. And I’ll tell you this: one look at that photo and I’m pretty sure I know why Foster didn’t mind getting together.

H/T State of the Texans

Jim Kelly returns to Buffalo for cancer treatment, posts reassuring video

Jim Kelly Buffalo

Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is back in Buffalo and will remain there as he receives treatment for his sinus cancer.

“Jim is coming back, and he wants to fight cancer here in Buffalo,” said his brother Dan Kelly. “He’ll be continuing all his treatments here in Buffalo.”

Jim is fighting cancer for the second time and had been receiving treatment in New York City. He completed his first round of chemotherapy earlier this month and is set for two more chemo treatments. He’s also receiving radiation five times a week.

Kelly’s wife Jill posted this reassuring video her husband recorded to her Instagram account:

Kelly has also been approached by multiple groups interested in buying the Bills, according to The Buffalo News. He is said to be very interested in joining one of the ownership groups, though his top priority is getting healthy for now.

Photo: Twitter/BuffaloBills

Did Ron Rivera take shot at Steve Smith with NASCAR analogy?

Ron Rivera PanthersCarolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera spent some time recently with another successful coach in sports to try picking up some tips. That person is Chad Knaus, who is Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief and has helped his driver win six championships.

While talking with ESPN’s David Newton about what he learned from Knaus, Rivera made an analogy that some believe applies to the situation with former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith. It came up in the context of Knaus swapping out Johnson’s entire 7-man pit crew in 2010 and going on to win the Sprint Cup.

“This guy may jack the car up a 10th of a second faster, but he doesn’t work as well together with others,” Rivera said, “while this guy may be a 10th of a second slower, yet he works well with everybody. We’re the same way. It’s about, ‘How does this guy fit in the locker room?’”

And just like that, the team’s reason for cutting Smith — the franchise’s leading receiver — became even more clear.

A report said the Panthers’ GM viewed Smith as a distraction, and what Rivera said about the locker room seems to be the exact issue with Smith.

However, in March, the Panthers said Smith was cut for football reasons and cited his declining speed. Maybe both were factors in the decision.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Eric Wood autographed the jockstrap a fan sent to him

eric-woodAfter being selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Eric Wood has played five seasons for the Buffalo Bills.

Offensive linemen generally aren’t the most popular players on the team, but they still sign more than their fair share of autographs for fans. Footballs, helmets, jerseys, and photos are a few items you would expect Wood to regularly sign his name on.

Not among the items listed above are jockstraps. But, that’s exactly what Eric Wood recently received and he obliged the fan’s request by autographing it.

Now that the foundation has been laid, Wood wants to see the bar raised.

Ok, Bills fans. Let’s see what you’ve got.

Donovan McNabb served a day in jail for DUI

Donovan McNabb mugshot

A mugshot of Donovan McNabb circulated around the web Thursday seemingly without reason, but now we know why: he was released from jail after serving one day.

McNabb was pulled over on Dec. 15 and arrested in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for speeding (TMZ says he was doing 81 in a 65 zone). He was booked for DUI and pleaded guilty on March 27.

McNabb was sentenced to 10 days in jail, but nine days were suspended, so he served his one day in the clink Wednesday and was released on Thursday.

There isn’t a whole lot to this story, but it just goes to show that a lot of famous people can get into trouble and have it fly under the radar. In the case of McNabb, he almost got away with nobody finding out.

49ers were reportedly ready to give Colin Kaepernick $100 million deal

Colin KaepernickThe San Francisco 49ers supposedly were prepared to give Colin Kaepernick a $100 million deal prior to his involvement in the sexual assault case.

During a visit on “The Dan Patrick Show” Thursday, San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami told DP that the Niners were prepared to give Kaepernick a $100 million deal prior to the investigation.

Word came out last week that Kaepernick was being investigated in connection to a suspicious incident earlier in the month at a Miami hotel. Kaepernick was with two other NFL players when it happened. The woman involved says she woke up in the hospital the morning after hanging out with the guys at their hotel room and had no idea how she got there. Kaepernick ripped the sexual assault report saying that it wasn’t true.

Word later emerged that it was the players who called police because the woman supposedly would not leave.

Kaepernick is entering his fourth season in the league and set to make less than $1 million next season before he becomes a free agent. Kawakami also reported that the Niners are standing by Kaepernick amid the investigation.

We’re guessing CK ultimately gets a big deal from the team. He’s believed to be looking for $20 million per season.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Zone

Donovan McNabb arrested in January in criminal traffic DUI case

Donovan McNabb mugshot

Donovan McNabb was arrested in January in Arizona for DUI, and the arrest is making headlines Thursday because his mugshot was just released.

The Maricopa County justice website says the case type is “criminal traffic” and that McNabb received a citation on Jan. 6. According to the record, there were three times when a change of plea were discussed.

After seeing that the plea change was discussed, we speculated that he may have been arrested for DUI and was trying to work out a deal. That’s exactly what happened.

McNabb supposedly has a trial scheduled for May 16.

McNabb lives in Arizona and now works in the media as a radio host for NBC Sports and commentator for “FOX Sports Live.”