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Choice's MRI will clarify scope of injury

POSTED: October 26, 2007 5:06 a.m.
ATLANTA — Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey still has some wishful thinking after team-leading rusher Tashard Choice injured his right knee in Saturday’s game against Army.

Gailey said Choice will have an MRI exam on today. Gailey added that there should hopefully be more clarity on the injury by the late afternoon or on Tuesday.

"It could be by Tuesday by lunchtime," he said Sunday. "I would think Tuesday at lunch would be the latest but don’t hold me to that."

The senior was hurt on a 7-yard run in the first quarter of Georgia Tech’s 34-10 win. He was helped off the field and taken to the locker room on a stretcher.

Choice left the game with 9 carries for 24 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown. After the game, Gailey said the initial report from Tech’s medical staff left room for hope. But he knows the test today could ultimately determine Choice’s status for the rest of the season.

"You know how those things change," Gailey said. "I’m confident of it, but it may be more wishful thinking than it is medically speaking."

The Yellow Jackets have this week off before facing No. 8 Virginia Tech on Nov. 1. Gailey said it will help the team recuperate from injuries, especially for Choice.

But if Choice can’t go, backup senior Rashaun Grant will start at running back and freshman Jonathan Dwyer will help shoulder the load, along with sophomore Jamaal Evans.

Grant rushed for 119 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown in the third quarter, while Dwyer added a 4-yard touchdown run. Evans also ran for a second-half touchdown for the Yellow Jackets, who had 510 total yards, including 292 on the ground.

"We’re fortunate to have all those guys," Gailey said. "It’s been proven through the years that you can never have enough good players at any position, but at the tailback position in particular."

Grant sat out the fourth quarter with an injury to his right ankle, but it was nothing serious. Receiver James Johnson and tackle A.J. Smith also suffered injuries on Saturday and will limit them in practice this week.



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