Originally created 08/31/97

Edwards questionable after ankle injury



ATHENS, Ga. -- Robert Edwards sure wasn't in the mood to talk.

Moments after Georgia's 38-7 season-opening victory over Arkansas State, the senior tailback was leaving Sanford Stadium on crutches, his sprained left ankle in a splint.

"It's just frustrating. Just frustrating," said Edwards, who carried once for 12 yards on the second play of the game. "I'm glad we were able to win the game, but this is frustrating."

With Edwards sidelined, the Bulldogs relied on sophomore Patrick Pass and junior transfer Olandis Gary, who combined for 168 yards and a touchdown. As a team, Georgia rushed for 254 yards against the outmanned Indians.

When asked if he could have played if needed, Edwards responded, "I don't think so."

Georgia coach Jim Donnan said he would know more today about the severity of the sprain and whether or not Edwards will be able to play against South Carolina on Sept. 13.

"He could've hurt his ankle like that walking across the street," Donnan said.

This injury is just another in a long line for Edwards since he converted from cornerback to running back following his sophomore season.

He broke a bone in his left foot two games into the 1995 season, forcing him to miss the rest of it. Since recovering from that injury, Edwards has also sprained his right ankle and suffered more minor injuries to his knees and hamstrings.

"He ran hard all summer and in every practice," Donnan said. "This is just one of those freak things."