Three Maryland football backups will return against Old Dominion

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Three key Maryland backups will return from injuries on Saturday against Old Dominion, Coach Randy Edsall said Thursday. Running back Joe Riddle (concussion), cornerback Alvin Hill and safety Zach Dancel practiced this week and will be available.

No word yet on cornerback Jeremiah Johnson, who hobbled off the field during Saturday’s opener against Florida International and was later spotted on crutches. If he cannot play, Hill becomes the fourth cornerback behind Dexter McDougle, Isaac Goins and Will Likely. True freshman Jarrett Ross also might get his redshirt burned against high-powered Old Dominion, which runs a no-huddle spread offense that averages one play every 21 seconds and passes around 70 percent of snaps.

The status of defensive lineman Zeke Riser, a graduate student transfer from Houston expected to shore up the front seven’s depth, remains unknown. Fullback Tyler Cierski is still rehabilitating his calf injury and expected to be out on Saturday.

Maryland will bring 70 players to the team hotel on Friday night, Edsall said. The Terrapins will wear red jerseys with white helmets and pants.

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Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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Alex Prewitt · September 5, 2013