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Carl Edwards Injures Foot, Still Plans To Race In Atlanta

Carl Edwards (Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR) (Sam Greenwood / The Spokesman-Review)
Carl Edwards (Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images for NASCAR) (Sam Greenwood / The Spokesman-Review)

Carl Edwards has an injury that will keep him on crutches but not out of this weekend's racing in Atlanta.

Courtesy: NASCAR Media Relations/Roush Fenway Racing

Concord, N.C. (September 3, 2009) - Roush Fenway Racing confirms that Carl Edwards fractured his right foot yesterday.  He is working with doctors at the University of Missouri who have cleared him to drive for this weekend’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide events at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  He is currently on crutches to assist with walking but will race the No. 99 Aflac Ford and No. 60 Save-A-Lot Ford in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races respectively this weekend.

“I know this probably sounds ridiculous to a lot of people and I could hardly believe it myself,” said Edwards from his home in Columbia, Mo.  “I was playing Frisbee with a couple of buddies and we both went for the Frisbee at the same time.  I put my foot on it, my friend dove for it, and the next thing you know…we all heard a pop.  I knew it was broken and we all kind of looked at each other in disbelief that of all things, I would break my foot playing Frisbee.  I immediately went to the doctor and have been working with a great team of people at the University of Missouri who work with all the college teams here.  They have me on crutches to help me walk but said I could race in both races this weekend and shouldn’t have a problem using the accelerator. 

“I guess you never know when something is going to happen.  This is obviously an unforeseen accident and even though I am not going to miss work, my Aflac policy has me covered.  I’ve now seen first hand how Aflac works and it’s clear that no matter how big or small the accident is Aflac is there for their policyholders.”

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