Maryland's 42-14 loss at North Carolina State Saturday night was painful, mentally and physically. Both of the Terrapins' inside linebackers -- Richie Petitbon and Kevin Walker -- were lost during the first series of the game.

Petitbon's severely sprained right ankle makes him questionable for Maryland's next game against Miami Oct. 10 in the Orange Bowl, according to trainer J.J. Bush.

Though Bush hadn't seen Walker's X-rays by mid-afternoon yesterday, he thought Walker's injury was a strained Achilles' tendon. Assuming there was no fracture of any kind, Bush said, Walker would have a better chance of playing against the Hurricanes than Petitbon does.

Petitbon said he was hit by the fullback while fending off a block on the play before N.C. State scored its first touchdown. He was sounding optimistic when he said he hoped to be off crutches by Thursday.

With the Terrapins' two leading tacklers out, Scott Saylor, Scott Whittier, Glenn Page and Nick Marchetti filled in, which is what probably will happen again if the two starters can't play, according to inside linebacker coach George Foussekis.

"Scott played pretty well," Foussekis said. "If they couldn't go, I'd probably play all four to try to keep them fresh."

The week off might also allow nose guard Bob Arnold to return. Arnold strained knee ligaments in the West Virginia game and didn't play against N.C. State. Arnold will be fitted for a heavier knee brace this week, and Bush said "he could be ready to practice full speed by Monday."

Bush stressed that the normal knee brace that most players wear saved Arnold from a worse injury. "If he wasn't using the knee brace," Bush said. "I think there's no question he would have had to undergo surgery of some kind."

Maryland Notes:

Woodrow Williams, who had been the basketball coach and athletic director at Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore, has been appointed as an administrative assistant in the Maryland athletic department.

Williams is a friend and former rival of Maryland basketball coach Bob Wade, who coached at Baltimore's Dunbar High before leaving for College Park. Williams will be responsible for coordinating Cole Field House practice and game schedules, game-day setup for men's and women's basketball games and for making travel arrangements for the men's team.