Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown leaves game after absorbing hit to chest

October 5, 2013

(Associated Press)

UPDATE 2 P.M.: Brown will not return to the game, Maryland has announced. He is getting X-rays. Maryland officials declined to provide specifics on his injury.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Maryland starting quarterback C.J. Brown was injured in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against Florida State after absorbing a punishing hit to his chest. Brown remained down on the Doak Campbell Stadium grass while team trainers attended to him, then walked into the locker room on his own power.

On second and 13 from the Maryland 21, Brown sidestepped one blitzer and fired a pass down the right sideline to Nigel King. After he threw, senior Jacobbi McDaniel crushed his helmet into Brown’s chest. No flag was thrown.

While Brown remained down, Coach Randy Edsall yelled at the officials and repeatedly pointed to his head, perhaps indicating that McDaniel led with the crown of his helmet against a defenseless Brown.

Backup quarterback Caleb Rowe took over and immediately completed a 19-yard pass to Deon Long and then a nine-yard screen pass to running back Brandon Ross. But a holding penalty and dropped pass by wide receiver Nigel King stalled the drive, forcing Maryland to punt.

No. 8 Florida State scored just before halftime to take a 21-0 lead on the 25th-ranked Terps.

Vine courtesy Chris Mottram.

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