BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech linebacker Tariq Edwards said he injured his shoulder during Saturday’s scrimmage and expects to be held out of tonight’s scrimmage at Lane Stadium.
But, Edwards, who missed a good portion of last season as he recovered from leg surgery, said he expects to be ready for the Hokies’ Aug. 31 season opener against Alabama.
“It’s just real sore,” Edwards said. “I’m just trying to get it right for next week. Get it stronger, get some more motion in it and I’ll be ready.”
The 6-foot-2, 234-pound Edwards said it’s the smart move to hold him out of contact this week. Tech has had him in the blue, limited-contact jersey.
“I’d rather be able to play in next week’s game,” Edwards said.
Edwards said he bruised his shoulder during Saturday’s scrimmage.
“Just a shoulder hit,” Edwards said. “He got up under my pads pretty good. It’s kind of like a bruise. It’s in the process of getting better.”
Edwards started 14 games at linebacker in 2011, recording 71 tackles, 3 ½ sacks and two interceptions. He had surgery after the season to repair a stress fracture in his left leg and missed spring practice. Then, he needed a second procedure that limited him during the 2012 regular season. He played in seven games making just one start and finished the year with four tackles. His only start came in the team’s final game, an overtime win over Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
I asked Edwards what he thought last Wednesday when a rash of injuries hit the Hokies at practice.
“It was saddening knowing that some guys wouldn’t be able to play again and some guys would need surgery,” Edwards said. “Just seeing the looks on their faces, knowing that I could relate. I just felt real bad for them.”
Forgetting Corey Marshall?: Virginia Tech defensive tackles Nigel Williams and Woody Baron both said they were surprised by junior Corey Marshall’s leave from the team, but said the work for the other defensive linemen must go on without him.
“We were all shocked,” redshirt freshman Nigel Williams said. “Some of us still are shocked.”
Williams said he didn’t know if Marshall would be back with the team for the Alabama game or not.
“Hopefully he works everything out,” Williams said.