Terps hope bye week brings good health for season’s final push

October 30, 2013

(Associated Press)

Maryland’s injury report has grown long enough to justify a bye-week refresher. When the Terrapins faced Clemson last weekend, 12 players were listed as “out” and nine were listed as “out for the season.” Focusing on the former dozen, here’s a breakdown of whom Maryland hopes will return against Syracuse on Nov. 9, who needs more time to recover and whose status remains mysterious.

“With where we were health-wise, I think it’s an opportune time for us in terms of this bye week falling where it did,” Coach Randy Edsall said Wednesday during the weekly ACC teleconference. “I’m optimistic we’ll get some guys back, but again I don’t want to make any comments today, because we haven’t been on the practice field yet this week. We’ll be out there today and tomorrow. We’ll see how things go. But I’m optimistic we’ll get some of those guys back.”

Out for the season

S Milan Collins (ankle), OLB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (torn pectoralis), WR Stefon Diggs (broken fibula), OL JaJuan Dulaney (knee), WR Deon Long (broken fibula and tibia), CB Dexter McDougle (shoulder), DL Mike Minter (knee), DL Kingsley Opara (shoulder), DL Ty Tucker (knee).

The return timetable for Diggs and Long — four and six months, respectively — pegs them back around summer workouts, though it’s not unreasonable that Diggs could return during spring football for some individual work. Both surgeries, Edsall said, “went fine.”

Like with the torn ACL quarterback C.J. Brown’s suffered before the 2012 season, Maryland’s star wide receivers can take as long as they need to recover, with little fear of missing anything important.

Opara’s injury, as mentioned by Edsall last week, was a pre-existing labrum condition that, once it became clear the freshman would redshirt this season, made sense to operate on midseason so he can return sooner. “You figure, ‘Okay, let’s go get it done now,’ ” Edsall said. “He might be able to do, probably no contact in the spring, but do some running and certain things in the spring, but then certainly be ready to do the work and training necessary in the summertime.” He underwent surgery last Thursday.

McDougle, the Terps hope, can be ready for Maryland’s pro day next spring. After all, the shoulder injury suffered against Connecticut ended his college career, but he still harbors NFL aspirations.

Out vs. Clemson

OL Silvano Altamirano (back): The junior college transfer was listed as probable with a back injury before all three ACC games prior to Clemson. The severity of what kept him sidelined last weekend is unknown.

QB C.J. Brown (trunk): “C.J.’s ready to go. C.J.’s our starter. We’ll put an end to that right there so you won’t have anything to write for two weeks,” Edsall said.

LS Christian Carpenter (knee): Once considered out for the season with an ACL tear, Carpenter has slowly worked his way back. Even the redshirt freshman he returns to full health, however, the Terps won’t need him. Starting long snapper Greg Parcher has been stellar this season, but Carpenter could be the backup.

WR Tyrek Cheeseboro (head): After suffering a concussion during his on-campus collision with a bus, Cheeseboro is not expected to return this season.

LB L.A. Goree (back): Maryland learned mere minutes before kickoff against Wake Forest on Oct. 19 that back spasms would keep Goree out, and evidently that same condition sidelined him against Clemson, too. The bye week should provide the starting inside linebacker — third on the team with 47 tackles — ample opportunity to rest and heal. With Matt Robinson (rotator cuff) returning to force a fumble and recover another against the Tigers, the Terps could have their healthiest linebacking corps in weeks when Syracuse rolls into College Park.

PK Adam Greene (quad): Greene has continued to progress from the quad injury suffered in practice. Even before the injury, the freshman hadn’t kicked in a game this season. Starter Brad Craddock has missed one kick from inside 50 yards this season. 

CB Jeremiah Johnson (toe): Back when Johnson fractured his toe against Florida International in the season opener, the diagnosis called for the starting cornerback to miss seven to eight weeks. That timetable aligns perfectly with Maryland’s second bye week, meaning the Terps could get Johnson back for their final four games. Johnson, however, only recently tweeted that he no longer wears a walking boot, so some work clearly has to be done before he can return to the field.

OL Nick Klemm (foot): Klemm recently shed his walking boot. He continues to improve, but a timetable for his recovery is unknown. With left tackle Mike Madaras suddenly departing the program, the Terps could use Klemm back, if only to shore up depth along the offensive line.

WR DeAndre Lane (head): The freshman speedster did not clear concussion tests in time to play against Clemson, but he has made progress since the helmet-to-helmet collision suffered in practice two weeks ago. With the Terps hurting at slot receiver — they experimented with quarterback Ricardo Young there without Diggs and Lane — Lane’s return could help add some depth behind Levern Jacobs. Barring setbacks, he’ll be there against Syracuse.

S Anthony Nixon (toe): Nixon was scratched from the Wake Forest game shortly after kickoff with a toe injury. That’s all we know.

RB Brandon Ross (shoulder): Status also currently unknown. Ross was removed with the shoulder injury at Wake Forest and spent the afternoon’s duration with ice strapped to the injured area. Edsall has provided few additional updates on his starting running back’s status. “I don’t think so,” Edsall said Thursday, when asked if it was long-term. Albert Reid started in Ross’s place and rushed for a modest 70 yards on 15 carries (4.7 yards per attempt).

TE Dave Stinebaugh (knee): Stinebaugh had been listed the injury report as “probable” with a knee injury ever since Maryland’s second ACC game against Virginia. Edsall did not clarify whether this particular knee injury that kept Stinebaugh out against Clemson was a flareup of a pre-existing condition or something else. Either way, the Terps could use their starting tight end back for the final push. Freshman Andrew Isaacs received the start but accumulated no statistics against the Tigers and new backup P.J. Gallo received just one target, also fair-catching a pooch kickoff.

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