Terps lose two key players
After suffering season-ending injuries in Saturday’s loss to Wake Forest, the recovery picture for wide receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs became clearer on Sunday.
Long underwent surgery Sunday morning to repair a broken tibia and fibula bone in his leg and is expected to miss about six months while he recovers, head coach Randy Edsall said Sunday evening.
Diggs is expected to miss four months after he undergoes surgery to repair a broken fibula. Surgery is expected to happen “some time this week,” Edsall said.
NEWS AND NOTES
- Edsall did not directly answer why backup quarterback Caleb Rowe replaced C.J. Brown after halftime on Saturday, saying a "few" factors were involved in the decision.
“I always look at the health of our quarterbacks first and foremost,” Edsall said. “We’ll put the guy on the field who gives us the best opportunity to win.”
Due in large part to the play of Wake Forest defensive lineman Nikita Whitlock, who had two sacks and was an antagonist who set the tone early, Brown was knocked around as the game went on and threw two interceptions before getting pulled in favor of Rowe.
- Running back Brandon Ross left the game against Wake Forest, but Edsall had no further comment on his status. He did say, though, that surgeries other than the one for Stefon Diggs could happen over the course of the week.
- With Diggs and Long out, major shifts are coming to the wide receiving corps. Expect Levern Jacobs, who had 80 yards on three receptions Saturday, along with Nigel King and Malcolm Culmer to take more prominent roles.
“I think that everybody understands that they’re broken bones and broken bones heal,” Edsall said. “It’s unfortunate that they happened. We’re going to keep [Diggs and Long] involved and keep them engaged.”
- Edsall was mum for the most part on other injuries and personnel decisions, saying that decisions will be formulated throughout the week and the team’s full injury report will be released on Thursday, as usual.