Dexter McDougle undergoing shoulder surgery on Monday

September 16, 2013

Dexter McDougle. (Associated Press)

Injured Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle will undergo shoulder surgery on Monday, he tweeted. McDougle visited with doctors for a CT scan to determine the severity of the injury, sustained on a low tackle during Saturday’s win at Connecticut.

Coach Randy Edsall announced McDougle’s season-ending injury on Sunday, but declined to specify the injury’s exact nature until the senior had his scan. Edsall said surgery was imminent, but was unsure when that would take place.

Now, two days after his two interceptions lifted the Terrapins to their first 3-0 start since 2001, McDougle will go under the knife, his college playing career effectively over. A fifth-year senior who has started all 27 games of the Edsall era, McDougle is inelgible for a medical redshirt sixth season but will likely be looked at by NFL teams, either in the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Through three games, McDougle had matched his career interception total with two against Connecticut and one in the opener verus Florida International. His absence represents another hit sustained to the secondary with West Virginia looming Saturday and ACC play around the bend. Preseason starter Jeremiah Johnson’s fractured toe will sideline him for at least five more weeks.

Isaac Goins and Will Likely become the new starters, with Jarrett Ross and Alvin Hill backing them up for nickel and dime packages.

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 16, 2013