Edwards signs with Miami

Former Georgia Bulldogs and New England Patriots running back <b>Robert Edwards</b> made another step towards his amazing comeback from a devastating knee injury by signing with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday.

The term of the deal is one year. Financial terms were not released.

Edwards rushed for 1,115 yards and nine touchdowns during his rookie season in 1998 but suffered a severe knee injury while participating in an NFL rookie all-star beach flag football game in Hawaii.

He sat out the 1999 and 2000 seasons while rehabbing his artery, ligament, and nerve injuries before taking part in the minicamps before the 2001 season. The Patriots coaches were going to give Edwards a chance at the starting tailback position but a groin injury suffered during the beginning of training camp limited his practice time and he was released prior to the start of the season. 

The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl behind the running of Antowain Smith, a free agent signee from Buffalo, who rushed for 1,157 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Edwards addressed the media during a short press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Before any media questions, a Dolphins spokesman stated that Edwards was one of the up and coming running backs in the NFL before the injury and his great progess in rehab were some of the reasons behind the signing.

When asked to put a percentage on the health of his knee, Edwards said, "I can't put a percentage on the knee but it's a lot better than a few years ago."

Edwards expects to be ready for the Dolphins' spring minicamps and this summer's training camp.

He's excited about joining the team and playing football again.

"I'm looking forward to doing what I love to do," Edwards stated. "I have no doubt I can play. I don't favor my knee at all and don't think about it."

Edwards's current focus is to make the team and the starting position will 'take care of itself'.

"First thing the doctors told me was that I'd be lucky to not walk with a cane. Everything happens for a reason and I didn't give up on myself," noted Edwards.

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