For those asking about Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown, the concussion he suffered against Florida State or any other questions stemming thereof, Coach Randy Edsall has a message: Wait until Thursday.
After practice ends late that afternoon, the Terrapins release their weekly injury report, pursuant to ACC regulations. Edsall also meets with beat writers on Thursday, a weekly fireside chat in his office that sometimes provides further information on injuries. Just don’t expect anything until then.
“On Thursday, I’ll put out an injury report just like I do every Thursday for an ACC game because we don’t talk about injuries during the week,” Edsall said during his Tuesday news conference, when asked whether he would make a decision on Brown before Thursday.
“All the decisions are made Thursday when we put a report out because guys could not be hurt today, then all of a sudden something happens Thursday then he’s out. No decision is made until Thursday after practice to see where we are with the guys we have, once we get through all our physical practices for that particular week.”
Brown suffered the concussion against Florida State after absorbing a helmet-to-chest blow from defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel that drew no flag but should have been ruled a roughing-the-passer penalty, the ACC and NCAA concurred on Tuesday. Brown is currently listed as day-to-day.
If Brown cannot go on Saturday afternoon against Virginia, backup Caleb Rowe will make his second career start and seventh career appearance. He finished the 63-0 loss the Seminoles, completing 9 of 17 passes for 119 yards, and is widely considered to have the strongest arm of any Maryland quarterback.
Edsall declined to answer a question about how the team’s offense would change if Rowe were to start against the Cavaliers.
“I really don’t want to deal with hypotheticals because we don’t know,” he said.
Edsall closed his 12-minute news conference by talking about how concussion protocol has changed with time, prompted by a radio reporter’s assertion that, years ago, players simply sniffed smelling salts and jogged back onto the field.
“Or sometimes you didn’t even do that,” Edsall said. “You played and you never even knew you had a concussion. We have a process and a protocol that our players have to go through here which is administered by our trainers and doctors I’m not going to get into the exact protocol they go through, but it’s one used by NFL teams.
“Believe me, we’re never going to put any young man on the field, concussion or injury, unless they’re fully able to go and they’re cleared by the medical people. One thing as a coach, I don’t have anything to do with those decisions. I just get the injury report from our trainers and doctors and they tell me who’s available, who’s not available, and we go by that standard.
“That’s why it’s important for everybody on our team to really understand that they’ve got to be ready to play at any given moment. That’s why they have to prepare. Just take a look around the country. There’s guys getting hurt every week, whether it’s at the college level, the high school level, the pro level. That’s why we talk about hey, you have to be ready to go, and if your number’s called we expect you to go in and play as good or better than the guy you’re replacing.
“We always have protocol with the concussions and any injury really, because we’re going to make sure that kid can be ready to play at a high level after they return from an injury.”
And that was that.