Arian Foster injury sidelines San Francisco startup’s IPO 

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  • In a Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 file photo, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) stretches before an NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Foster will undergo back surgery next week and miss the rest of the season.
A season-ending injury to Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has also sidelined an initial public offering proposing to sell a stake in the NFL star’s future.

Tuesday’s postponement of the initial public offering comes less than month after San Francisco-based startup Fantex Inc. announced an unusual deal that would have allowed people to invest in Foster, one of the top running backs in the NFL. Fantex warned prospective investors that the IPO posed significant risks, a point that didn’t take long for the violent sport of football to vividly illustrate.

Foster, 27, suffered a hamstring injury in his first game after Fantex began promoting the IPO. When he returned to the field for the Texans’ next game on Nov. 3, Foster hurt his back so badly that it will require season-ending surgery to repair. Although back pain had caused Foster to miss much of the Texans’ training camp, he had been among the NFL’s leading rushers until the latest injury.

Fantex is still hoping Foster will have a fruitful football career, enabling the company to resurrect the IPO in the future.

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