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Edwards could miss '99 season

Patriots RB injures knee in 'Rookie Beach Bowl'

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Posted: Saturday February 06, 1999 03:43 PM

  The Patriots' Robert Edwards (47) was injured defending the a pass with fellow rookie Charles Woodson (top) AP

HONOLULU (AP) -- Robert Edwards isn't even a member of the AFC Pro Bowl team, but the New England Patriots rookie had to undergo surgery after injuring his left knee in a flag football game.

Edwards, who rushed for 1,115 yards last season, reportedly could miss the entire 1999 season. The Boston Globe, citing Patriots officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, reported today that the injury could keep Edwards out next season, and that he had dislocated his knee, injuring an artery.

Edwards, a first-round draft pick by the Patriots, hurt his knee when he came down in a heap after trying to break up a pass in the five-on-five "Rookie Beach Bowl" on Waikiki Beach on Friday.

An NFL spokesman said Edwards underwent surgery at Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu, where he was expected to remain for several days. The NFL, however, released no other specifics on the type of injury nor possible recuperation time.

Patriots coach Pete Carroll said in a statement: "Obviously, we are very concerned about Robert. We are anxious to bring him back to New England so our doctors can evaluate him and prepare him to begin his rehabilitation process."

The Patriots rookie jumped up for a pass with Oakland's Charles Woodson and San Francisco's R.W. McQuarters, the three tumbled to the sand, and Edwards remained down, in obvious pain. He was carried away in an ambulance and had surgery a few hours later.

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