In what was his 1st career playoff start and the biggest game of his NFL career, DE Ray Edwards had a career day. He registered 6 QB hits, 5 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 3.0 sacks and 1 forced fumble. His sacks and tackles for a loss totaled 34 yards of lost yardage.
It was an impressive effort from Edwards, a 4th round choice in 2006 out of Purdue, and it was even more impressive considering Edwards was knocked out of the game because of a knee injury late in the 3rd quarter.
While the performance from Edwards was great, the injury to Edwards’ knee is a concern. The injury was announced during the game as a bruised knee, and then NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reported the injury was “a mildly sprained medial collateral ligament.”
As of this posting, nothing official has been announced regarding Edwards’ injury or his status, and nothing should be considered official until the Vikings release their injury report on Wednesday.
Immediately after the game on Sunday, both Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress and Edwards downplayed the injury. Childress, while meeting with reporters, said he thought Edwards would be “okay” and that there was “no reason for him to come back in at that point” in the game. Edwards told reporters standing near his locker after the game that he will be back next week “one hundred percent.”
Childress was again asked about Edwards on Monday during his usual day-after-the-game press conference, but wisely declined to get into specifics regarding injuries to any players.
“Yeah, we’ve got a few different guys in here (getting) treatment,” Childress said. “We’ll just see how they turn out on Wednesday. We were able to get some other people in the game at the end.
“Ray’s a tough guy. If he can possibly go, he’s going to go.”
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