Injury Update: Diggs, Long recovery continues as planned

Injury Update: Diggs, Long recovery continues as planned
February 21, 2014, 2:30 pm
(Associated Press)

COLLEGE PARK--Maryland’s 2013 campaign took a hit with season-ending injuries to star wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long went down with broken legs on Oct. 19 in a loss to Wake Forest.

News came earlier this month that the two would not be available in spring practice, but head coach Randy Edsall gave an update on the progress of the two in a press conference with the media on Friday.

“Stefon will be out for the spring,” he said. “Might be able to do some individuals towards the end of the spring practice, but all these guys’ rehabs are going along fine. They’re getting better.”

Diggs was the second of the two to go down in that game against Wake, but he remains on track and trainers are beginning to give him work on the StairMaster at the team’s facility as he continues to rebuild strength in the leg.

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Long, who was banged up in the preseason with various injuries and fought through back problems before breaking his leg last season, is coming along well, too, Edsall said.

“Deon is out for the spring. He’s working on the anti-gravity treadmill, so he’s picking that up.”

Diggs and Long combined for 66 receptions and 1,076 yards last season, despite only appearing in seven games. Diggs was named an All-ACC honorable mention for his efforts.

“All these guys,” Edsall concluded by saying after rattling off a list of injured players, including Diggs and Long. “They should be ready for preseason practice.”