Terps wide receiver Deon Long carted off with leg injury (UPDATE: Stefon Diggs too)

October 19, 2013

(Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post)

UPDATE (6:36 p.m.): It gets worse. Stefon Diggs left with an apparent right ankle injury after rolling it on a fourth-down conversion. Trainers helped him to the sidelines, where they wrapped his ankle tight with tape. A cart finally arrived to take the sophomore wide receiver into the locker room.

Add running back Brandon Ross, who left earlier this game for unknown reasons, to the mix of sidelined players, along with starting quarterback C.J. Brown who was benched after two interceptions and three absorbed sacks, and the Terps are currently playing with three backup wide receivers, one backup quarterback and one backup running back.

Remember, five defensive contributors entered out with various injuries, and neither starting linebacker L.A. Goree nor starting safety Anthony Nixon have played on Saturday for unknown reasons, though both have spent the game in full uniform on the sidelines.

UPDATE (5:02 p.m.): Long was transported to the local hospital, where he is receiving X-rays in the emergency room. At halftime, the Terps are losing 24-3.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Maryland wide receiver Deon Long appeared to suffer a nasty leg injury during the second quarter of Maryland’s game against Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon, leaving BB&T Field in an ambulance that drove him to a nearby hospital.

Long was attempting to make a block on an option pitch to Brandon Ross but had several players roll onto his right leg, awkwardly bending it as team trainers immediately rushed to his side. He remained on the turf for several minutes, until a cart pulled into the stadium and he was loaded onto a backboard. Some sort of brace was applied to his leg before he was taken away. At the ambulance, numerous Maryland officials checked on Long, including director of operations Fran Foley and Athletics Director Kevin Anderson.

A junior transfer from Iowa Western Community College, Long entered Saturday afternoon leading the Terps with 28 receptions for 446 yards. Before exiting, he had caught four passes for 42 yards.

This post will update with information when it becomes available.

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