Offensive lineman Josh Cary is questionable with a knee injury. Bowers was dealing with a knee injury, while Ross had a hamstring issue.
Other than that, none of the previously listed players on the Terps injury report will return.
The good news? No new injuries occurred during Maryland’s 7-6 win over William & Mary, and Edsall has high hopes that a few more will be ready when Connecticut comes to Byrd Stadium next weekend.
“I don’t get frustrated over the injuries anymore,” Edsall said. “I used to.
“All those guys want to be out there, but until the trainers and doctors tell me they can, I don’t worry about it.”
Edsall is “very optimistic” that safety Matt Robinson (shoulder) and defensive back Isaac Goins (illness) will return against the Huskies to bolster Maryland’s secondary. Goins, who has been battling mononucleosis, will run Saturday, practice Sunday, then get checked out by doctors Monday.
Edsall was also “optimistic” that running back Brandon Ross (hamstring), the projected starter before he got hurt, will return next week.
Cary, Robinson and Isaiah Ross have all been working out with the Terps’ scout team during practice. The doctors can monitor their progress there, and they don’t take away reps from their teammates.
“It’s like we sent them down for a rehab stint in Bowie,” Edsall said.
In addition to Robinson, Goins and Brandon Ross, Edsall ruled the following players out for Saturday’s game:
“With each week that goes by, we’re getting closer to Kenny,” Edsall said.
The Terps will likely go with a six- or seven-man rotation on the defensive line, based on game situations, given that Bowers and Ross are both back
News and notes from Edsall
Assorted information from Edsall’s fireside chat Thursday with the beat reporters:
●Maryland will take 66 players to Philadelphia when the buses pull out Friday afternoon. The breakdown: 29 defense, 31 offense, six specialists. “I’ve never had six specialists before,” Edsall said. Those six do not include Ferrara, who is not traveling.
●Edsall dispatched assistants to the Philadelphia and New Jersey area for recruiting purposes this week, though he said the bulk of in-season recruiting will be done during Maryland’s bye week after the U-Conn. game.
●Maryland is working out three players in a 14-day trial period after an open tryout. Junior Tejiri Erhie is a wide receiver transfer from Frostburg State who will have one year of eligibility left. Defensive end DeAngelo Gnatt is a local product, and the Terps are still checking on his eligibility. The third, a former walk-on at Louisville, just arrived on campus Thursday.
“It allows us to see the guys,” Edsall said of the trial period. “If we want to keep them, we’ll keep them after 14 days.”