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Patriots’ Rookie Runner Injured

February 6, 1999 GMT

HONOLULU (AP) _ Robert Edwards, who rushed for 1,115 yards this season for the New England Patriots, injured his left leg Friday during a flag football game for NFL rookies on the beach at Waikiki.

Edwards appeared to hurt his left knee when he came down in a heap after trying to break up a pass in the five-player per side game. The severity of the injury was not immediately known, but Edwards was taken away by ambulance.

``We are still collecting information as to the specifics and the extent of the injury,″ 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.

The ``Rookie Beach Bowl″ is one of the activities leading up to Sunday’s Pro Bowl. Edwards is not on the all-star roster.