Edsall family has close ties with Terps' next opponent
Maryland was without five offensive starters in its loss to Clemson on Oct. 26. With the help of a conveniently placed bye week, the Terrapins are healthier, though not nearly at full strength as they prepare for Syracuse on Saturday.
Quarterback C.J. Brown, running back Brandon Ross, and tight end Dave Stinebaugh are all expected to play after being ruled out against Clemson. Brown and Ross do not appear on the team's injury report, released Thursday, and Stinebaugh is listed as probable.
Their presence should improve an offense that couldn't find its footing until the game was mostly in hand against Clemson. Brown should be fully healed from his "trunk" injury and far removed from his concussion against Florida State.
The question will be how much the Terrapins use the zone read offense that was so prevalent in the team's first four games. Florida State's defense shut most of it down and put an end to it when Brown was knocked out of the game and we haven't really seen it since.
On the defensive side of the ball, Maryland is having less luck.
Injuries in the linebacking corps continue. Starter Cole Farrand will miss Saturday's game with a concussion while fellow linebacker L.A. Goree is questionable with a back issue. Defensive back Anthony Nixon is also listed as questionable.
FULL INJURY REPORT
DB Milan Collins | Ankle | Out for the season
LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil | Upper Body | Out for the season
WR Stefon Diggs | Leg | Out for the season
OL JaJuan Dulaney | Knee | Out for the season
WR Deon Long | Leg | Out for the season
DB Dexter McDougle | Shoulder | Out for the season
DL Mike Minter | Knee | Out for the season
DL Kingsley Opara | Shoulder | Out for the season
DL Ty Tucker | Knee | Out for the season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro | Head | Out
LB Cole Farrand | Head | Out
DB Jeremiah Johnson | Toe | Out
LB L.A. Goree | Back | Questionable
K Adam Greene | Quad | Questionable
DB Anthony Nixon | Toe | Questionable
OL Andrew Zeller | Knee | Questionable
OL Silvano Altamirano | Back | Probable
TE Dave Stinebaugh | Knee | Probable