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Terps quarterback C.J. Brown day-to-day with concussion

Maryland’s Caleb Rowe attempts a pass against Florida State in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 63-0. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

After absorbing a vicious hit that knocked him out of Saturday’s game and dealt him a concussion, Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown will be day-to-day as the Terrapins try to move past a 63-0 loss to Florida State and onto Virginia this weekend.

Coach Randy Edsall remained relatively noncommittal on Brown’s status during his weekly teleconference, confirming the diagnosis he announced on Saturday and saying Maryland would continue to monitor Brown’s symptoms. Asked if doctors knew what concussion grade Brown suffered, Edsall repeated, “He’ll just be day to day.”

“There’s a protocol any of our players have to go through, and we’ll always follow that protocol,” Edsall said. “We’ll do that with C.J. just like we’re doing with [wide receiver] Tyrek Cheeseboro.”

Brown took the hit just before halftime with the Terps fighting against a 14-0 deficit. His head snapped backwards upon impact and he fell to the grass as team trainers rushed to his side and Edsall screamed at the referees for a targeting penalty.

Asked whether he considered submitting that hit by Seminoles defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel to the ACC office for further review, Edsall reiterated that league rules allow filing plays in question to Doug Rhodes, the conference’s coordinator of football officiating, “and he gets back to us with those responses.”

“Anytime we play an ACC game,” Edsall said, “if there are some calls in that nature then I submit those.”

He also declined to comment on the hit itself.

“I’ll handle it the way I feel is appropriate,” he said.

Sophomore Caleb Rowe, who won the backup quarterback job during preseason and, until this point, had appeared exclusively in garbage time, played the entire second half and completed 9 of 17 passes for 119 yards. Edsall said the regularly scheduled injury report will appear on Thursday, so until then Brown’s status should remain uncertain. Accordingly, he declined to specify if any other player got hurt against Florida State, only saying no one required surgery. Both defensive back A.J. Hendy and wide receiver Nigel King were, at separate times, attended to by trainers and helped off the field.

If Brown cannot go against the Cavaliers, who visit Byrd Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Rowe would elevate to the starting spot.

“I thought Caleb went in and really did some good things yesterday,” Edsall said. “And he’s always made himself ready to be able to play, if the situation calls for it. He was prepared to go in there yesterday and he had to and he went in and did some good things.”



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