Jim Harbaugh recaps Michigan’s 31-20 win over Indiana, says Wolverines have been in ‘playoff mode.’ Recorded Nov. 17, 2018.
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Despite being carted off the field on a stretcher, Edwards had feeling in his arms and legs and “looked good” when he left the stadium for further testing at the hospital, coach Jim Harbaugh said.
“Looked good when he left here,” Harbaugh said postgame. “But was taken to the hospital for precautions. We’ll have updates later there. But he was responding, talking, moving. Felt good the doctors have it under control.
“Love and prayers for him.”
Edwards was hit in the head on a fourth-quarter kickoff return by Indiana linebacker Cam Jones. Jones was ejected for targeting.
After the play, Edwards stayed on the ground motionless for several moments. Trainers eventually surrounded him and he could be seen moving his legs on the field. Still, as a precaution, Edwards’ shoulder pads were removed and he was secured to a backboard, loaded onto a stretcher and taken away on a medical cart.
He was taken to a local hospital for further examination.
Initial reports, however, indicated his injuries may not have been as bad as they looked on the field.
“Just to give you guys an update Berk is responding to all test and moving all extremities,” former Michigan receiver Braylon Edwards, Berkley’s older brother, tweeted Saturday night. “He is en route to the Hospital where he will probably be diagnosed with a concussion. Thank you for all your support and prayers. Further updates on Berk he is moving and talking however has a dislocated shoulder as well.
“Once again keep praying for him we appreciated and if anybody can recover fast and 100% it’s my brother Berk. He has persevered through much and this is just the next obstacle in his way.”
Michigan running back Karan Higdon said after the game he believed the hit on Edwards was a cheap shot.
Tight end Nick Eubanks said parts of Saturday’s game were “dirty”.
“We gave respect to those guys, even though how dirty they were playing, but we (didn’t want) to react to that,” Eubanks said. “Coach Harbaugh said championship teams don’t (react to) that. We were upset, but it was (important) for us not to react to it.”
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