True freshman Wes Brown, the Maryland football team’s leading rusher, will be shut down for the remainder of the 2012 season and will undergo surgery on Friday to repair an injured labrum in his left shoulder.
Brown suffered the shoulder injury against Wake Forest but played through it. However, after an ankle injury that kept him out of the Terps’ 45-10 loss to Clemson last Saturday did not respond well during practice, Maryland decided to get a head start on the shoulder surgery.
According to Coach Randy Edsall, Brown’s recovery period will hover around 20 weeks, which means he will miss spring practice. Early surgery, Edsall said Thursday, will “get him back sooner.”
In eight games this season, Brown 90 carries for a team-high 382 yards and two touchdowns.
In other injury news, wide receiver Stefon Diggs (ankle) will be evaluated today after missing the Clemson game, but Edsall was “encouraged” with his progress throughout the week. Tyrek Cheeseboro, one of Maryland’s two gunners on special teams, returns after missing last week with a concussion suffered against Georgia Tech.
Quarterback Caleb Rowe will undergo surgery Friday as well to repair his torn ACL. Wide receiver Kerry Boykins had a successful surgery this past Tuesday, while Demetrius Hartsfield (ACL) will have surgery next Tuesday.
With Devin Burns also out for spring practice, Maryland could very well be working with just one quarterback — transfer Ricardo Young. Edsall remains hopeful that C.J. Brown will be ready, saying the senior is working with the mind-set that he’ll return from a torn ACL he suffered in the preseason.
>> The spring game, Edsall said, will be played on Friday, April 12th. Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team hosts Johns Hopkins that Saturday, so Edsall wanted to “let them have center stage.” The football game will be “probably at 7 p.m.” at Byrd Stadium.
>> Joe Riddle (offense), Zach Dancel (defense) and P.J. Gallo (special teams) were the scout team players of the week.