"I talked to him about a week ago, but I wanted to wait to get a doctor's opinion," Rodriguez said Monday.
Bednarik, a sophomore last year who was the starter until midseason, missed spring practice because his shoulder had not healed as well as anticipated. He already has used up his redshirt season and will be a senior in 2007.
"Obviously he wants to play, but it's like he told us before, it really didn't feel right all (last) year," Rodriguez said. "He just never felt he had the arm strength or the zip on the ball."