Choice sheds crutches, 'ecstatic' about progress following surgery

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Tashard Choice already was off crutches on Wednesday and said he was "ecstatic" only one day after he had
knee surgery.

That doesn't mean the Georgia Tech senior running back is ready for football.

Choice is the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading rusher with his average of 108 yards per game despite being limited in two games by a hamstring injury and leaving Saturday's game against Army in the first quarter following the injury to his right knee.

Georgia Tech is off this week.

Gailey already has ruled Choice out for a November first game against Virginia Tech. Choice said it's too early to know if he'll miss only one game.

Yesterday's arthroscopic surgery revealed no serious damage to the cartilage in Choice's right knee. Choice had the knee wrapped today but would not provide more details about the surgery.

Choice was walking with only a slight limp and driving around

Choice said he left his helmet on while being evaluated by trainers on the field following the injury because he did not want fans or his teammates to see him so emotional.

Choice had to be helped from the field and carted to the locker room.

Gailey said he planned to use three tailbacks against Virginia Tech: Rashaun Grant, Jonathan Dwyer and Jamaal Evans.

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