Maryland forward Len Bias sprained an ankle in a pickup game earlier this week, but the injury is not as serious as it first appeared and he will miss only three or four days of basketball practice, according to Coach Lefty Driesell.

Bias had only a slight limp yesterday after a checkup with team physician Stan Lavine and was told that he would miss only a few days. Lavine originally had estimated that he could be out up to three weeks.

Bias' absence depletes an already thin squad. The 11 players with which the Terrapins started practice have dwindled to nine, freshman forward David Gregg having sprained an ankle over the weekend.

Driesell said that Bias' injury disrupts practice, but added that it might keep the Terrapins from relying too heavily on the senior who averaged 19 points last year.

"You try to look at the bright side of it," he said. "We might have to play without Leonard. We'll have to play without him if he gets hurt or in foul trouble or something, so some good could come out of it."

The Terrapins will have an intrasquad scrimmage at Cole Field House Saturday that is open to the public after the 1 p.m. football game against Duke. They open the season Nov. 23 against Northeastern.