After missing nine games in 2011 after season-ending shoulder surgery and seven games last season with a torn labrum, Maryland junior outside linebacker Matt Robinson will be held out of Saturday’s ACC home opener against Virginia because of yet another shoulder injury.
Coach Randy Edsall called it a “rotator cuff” issue on Thursday, but declined to specify how long Robinson will be sidelined. Edsall is expected to address the injury during his postgame news conference on Saturday.
With Robinson sidelined, special teams guru Alex Twine starts in his place. Twine has battled an oblique issue this season but has still appeared in all five games, and his versatility should allow Maryland to utilize him in dime package situations.
Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson continues to rehabilitate his fractured toe, and Edsall pegged the junior to return sometime around the Syracuse game on Nov. 9, the first game after Maryland’s second bye of the season. The week off will allow some extra recovery time for Johnson, who suffered his injury during the opener against Florida International and has been out ever since.
Fullback Tyler Cierski (calf), wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro (concussion), kicker Adam Green (quadriceps) and offensive lineman Nick Klemm (foot) are all out against the Cavaliers, according to the injury report released Thursday evening. Safety Milan Collins (ankle), long snapper Christian Carpenter (knee), offensive lineman JaJuan Dulaney (knee), cornerback Dexter McDougle (shoulder) and defensive lineman Ty Tucker (knee) remain listed as out for the season.
Six Terps are listed as probable: wide receiver Daniel Adams (knee), linebacker Cole Farrand (hand), wide receiver Nigel King (back), offensive lineman Silvano Altamirano (back), defensive lineman Zeke Riser (ankle) and tight end Dave Stinebaugh (knee).
Farrand attended his postgame interview session after last weekend’s loss at Florida State with a bag of ice wrapped tight around his hand, but when asked for explanation said he was “fine.” King, who returned to the lineup against the Seminoles after missing the West Virginia game, is currently listed as the backup wide receiver behind Malcolm Culmer.
Riser continues his recovery from a preseason ankle injury after making his season debut at Doak Campbell Stadium with 10 snaps, but should see his time upped this weekend. Adams, a converted tight end, has not played this season.