WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Maryland football team will finish the season without the services of its two star wide receivers, after both Stefon Diggs and Deon Long suffered lower right leg injuries in Maryland’s 34-10 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon.
During his postgame news conference, Coach Randy Edsall said Long broke both his tibia, the leg’s weight-bearing bone, and the smaller-size fibula. He will return home to College Park on Saturday night and “probably” undergo immediate surgery.
Diggs, who appeared dinged up on the same play in which Long was injured early in the second quarter but returned to the game, exited two plays into the fourth quarter with what Edsall revealed to be a broken fibula. The sophomore will “probably [have] surgery sometime this week,” Edsall said.
“It’s unfortunate,” Edsall said. “I feel bad for both those guys. We got to make sure we move forward.”
The Terrapins not only lose two extremely vocal leaders and close friends, but 66 receptions, 1,076 yards and four touchdowns this season. They host No. 3 Clemson next weekend before a much-needed bye week ushers in the year’s final four games. Maryland dropped to 5-2, still one win shy of Edsall’s first bowl appearance as Terrapins coach.
One season after four Maryland quarterbacks suffered season-ending injuries, the Terrapins’ injury list has again become horrifically long. Starting linebacker L.A. Goree (back spasms) and starting safety Anthony Nixon (toe) both missed the loss at Wake Forest. Starting running back Brandon Ross left with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Outside linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (torn pectoralis), outside linebacker Alex Twine (labrum), outside linebacker Matt Robinson (rotator cuff), cornerback Dexter McDougle (shoulder surgery) and cornerback Jeremiah Johnson (fractured toe), all key contributors on defense, are either out for the season or will miss significant time.