The injury bug appears to have hit Maryland yet again, this time on the offensive end of the field. Deon Long went down early in the second quarter on a run play to Brandon Ross. Long appeared to be caught up in a block on the left sideline and was taken toppled over by a Wake Forest defender. His leg appeared to be caught underneath the larger defender and he was carted off the field in obvious pain.
The leg was put into a knee immobilizer, which, according to an athletic trainer friend of mine, suggests a fracture took place. That’s speculation, though. Regardless of what happens, the injury isn’t good for a Terrapins team that has already seem a couple receivers go down this season and needs all the depth they can get at this point.
The injuries are part of the game, it’s just unfortunate that it seems to happen so often to Maryland. Long’s production on the field (he currently leads the team in receptions) will be very difficult to replace. This will certainly test coach Edsall’s “next man up” mentality, and quickly as the Terps are down 17-3 in the first half.
As always, we’ll keep you updated on this one as soon as we find out more.
UPDATE 1: Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun reports that Deon Long was taken away from the field in an ambulance. Such a shame for a player who has worked so hard this year.