As Maryland’s season opener against Florida International gets closer, the injury report seems to gain new additions at every turn.
The Terps released their latest injury report on Monday evening. There were several players that we knew would be included but there were also several additions that could make Randy Edsall and company uneasy with less than two weeks till the season begins.
Here’s the full list:
- DB Milan Collins (ankle/out for the season)
- OL JaJuan Dulaney (knee/out for the season)
- DL Ty Tucker (knee/out for the season)
- LS Christian Carpenter (back/out for this week)
- FB Tyler Cierski (calf/out for this week)
- DB Zach Dancel (hamstring/out for this week)
- WR Amba Etta (shoulder/out for this week)
- DB Alvin Hill (ankle/out for this week)
- WR Taivon Jacobs (back/out for this week)
- WR Deon Long (back/out for this week)
- TE Brian McMahon (shoulder/out for this week)
- RB Joe Riddle (concussion/out for this week)
- DL Zeke Riser (ankle/out for this week)
- RB Jacquille Veii (ankle/out for this week)
Milan Collins came as no surprise as it was already known that Collins would miss the entire season due to a dormitory mishap. Fellow freshmen JaJuan Dulaney and walk-on Ty Tucker will also miss the season. Dulaney underwent knee surgery this past Saturday.
One of the primary concerns is that wide receivers Deon Long, Taivon Jacobs, and Amba Etta will all miss practice this week. At the moment, Maryland’s top three receivers are Stefon Diggs, Nigel King, and Levern Jacobs. Levern Jacobs should see a substantial workload at the “X” position in practice this week. The depth at the wide receiver position was supposed to be one of Maryland’s biggest strength but there’s cause for concern all of the sudden. Then again, it’s better to have a few injury concerns in the preseason than when the Terps face the bulk of their ACC schedule in early October.
The tailback position is also a cause for concern. With previously projected starter Wes Brown being suspended for the entire 2013 season, depth already was a little more thin than expected. One of the biggest surprises of training camp was the play of freshman defensive back-turned-running back Jacquille Veii. Veii suffered an ankle injury in Saturday’s scrimmage and was seen in a walking boot and crutches later in the afternoon. Brandon Ross and Albert Reid are still the top two options on the depth chart but freshman tailback Kenneth Goins did also get some reps with Veii and Joe Riddle out. Goins will likely get second-team looks this coming week with the absences of Veii and Riddle.
The addition of defensive lineman Zeke Riser also is a little worrisome. Riser was seen at Saturday’s scrimmage in a walking boot and is out for this week’s practices. The loss of the Houston graduate transfer is not met with the best timing. Riser was expected to provide defensive line depth and would compete for significant playing time. He played under defensive coordinator Brian Stewart at Houston, so hopefully it won’t take Riser very long to adapt to Maryland’s defensive scheme.