Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said Sunday that senior linebacker Kenny Tate will undergo surgery for an undisclosed injury and miss the remainder of the season.

Edsall said he is optimistic that Tate, who played in four games this season, will be granted a medical hardship and will return to the Terrapins next season. Edsall expects Tate to be out of action six to nine months.

“I recently had a chance to sit down with Coach Edsall, my family and the medical staff to discuss my options,” Tate said in a statement released by Maryland. “This is the best course of action to get healthy and get back on the field next season.”

In Sunday’s teleconference with reporters, Edsall declined to specify the nature of the injury or say when Tate sustained the injury. Edsall did say that the injury was “something he had” and that Tate “did take a hit” in a game.

Tate was a first-team all-ACC performer at safety last season. He moved to linebacker this season and has missed the last three games with the injury.

“It is certainly a blow to our team to lose a player and leader of Kenny’s caliber, but we want to do what’s in his best interest,” Edsall said. “Our medical staff determined that surgery was the best way to proceed so that’s what we are going to do.”

The Forestville native will seek a medical redshirt in order to return in 2012. He has not utilized a redshirt season since enrolling at Maryland in 2008.

“I appreciate the support Coach Edsall and the staff has shown in a tough time,” Tate said. “I’m just looking forward to getting well so I can help the team next season and get my degree.”

Tate, one of four team captains, posted 35 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble in his four starts at star (outside linebacker) this season. He has 197 tackles, seven interceptions and five forced fumbles in 40 career games (21 starts at safety and linebacker).