Alabama's Reuben Foster answers a question during media day for Saturday's Peach Bowl NCAA college football game against Washington in Atlanta, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ORG XMIT: GADG111

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Reuben Foster's drug test at the NFL combine didn't test positive, but it registered as diluted, which means the same things in the eyes of the NFL. 

The highly touted Alabama linebacker was notably dismissed from the combine after a dispute with a hospital worker. The latest issue, reported by NFL.com, likely hands his draft stock another hit. 

 

Foster, who registered 115 tackles and 5 sacks in his final college season, was notified of the test last month and disclosed the result to NFL.com, the report said. Foster said the diluted test was the result of food poisoning he was afflicted by, and his attempt to rehydrate ahead of the combine. 

"I couldn't eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade," said Foster in the report. " ... Then I went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test."

Foster is rated by many draft experts as the top linebacker in the upcoming draft, a mainstay in first round mock drafts. These four mocks from NFL.com draft experts have him being selected anywhere from No. 9 to No. 15 overall.

Foster has been a popular selection for the New Orleans Saints at No. 11 overall, including in The Advocate's most recent mock draft. 

For the full report from NFL.com, click here.