Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick placed Edwards and rookie cornerback Leonard Myers on the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) list after they failed the test, which is made up of twenty sixty-yard sprints.
"Both those players will be on the P.U.P. (Physically Unable to Perform) list, which means they won't practice until they can pass the test," Belichick said. "This is another step for Robert, and when he is able to take it, we will move forward. He has come a long way, but there are still a number of steps for him to hit on."
Although Edwards passed the test on his own during the past few months, an overanxiousness to impress the coaches led to the failure.
"I ran the test during the three weeks we were off at home plenty of times and I made it every time," Edwards said. "I did well and the temperature was a lot hotter down there and I made it. I think it being the first day and me wanting to do well to impress the coaches I put a lot of pressure on myself and then anxiety set in and my body tightened up and I couldn't run as fluently as I wanted to."
The good news was that the left knee caused Edwards no pain. He will have to wait until the test is rescheduled.
At the Patriots' minicamp in early June, Edwards put in a good enough performance to be placed in the competition for the starting running back position.
"It was a slow process, and I've been out two years, which is a long time," Edwards said in early June. "Really what I need right now is to go out and play football, because that's what I haven't done for so long. I never doubted myself. I knew it was a big obstacle to overcome because this had never been done, but everyday miracles occur and there isn't an explanation for it."
Just consider this a pit stop on the comeback trail.
Other Pro Dawgs news: The Patriots' first round pick and former Bulldog defensive tackle Richard Seymour agreed to a six-year, $14.3 million deal Monday that includes a $4.8 million signing bonus and a $3.2 million option bonus that can be picked up by the team after Year 2. Seymour flew to Providence, RI last night to approve the contract. The first three years of the deal are guaranteed. He was the Patriots' only unsigned healthy draft pick.
Current Atlanta Falcon and former Bulldog kicker Chad Holleman is nursing a strained groin suffered during Friday's practice. He missed practices on Saturday and Monday. Tight end Jevaris Johnson has been held out of all practices while he recovers from a torn ACL suffered in the season finale against Georgia Tech. Both are free agents.
Last Thursday, the Cowboys' second-round pick Quincy Carter signed a five-year, $3.3 million contract which includes a signing bonus of $1.525 million. He is expected to receive significant playing time during training camp.
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