Malik Jones suffers season-ending leg injury


For the second straight week, Maryland has been hit with the injury bug.

Defensive tackle Malik Jones suffered a season-ending leg injury on Wednesday.

Jones injured his lower leg during the team’s practice on Wednesday, according to the school. This comes just a week after linebacker Abner Logan was lost for the 2015 season due to a torn ACL.

In terms of the depth chart, Jones was listed behind redshirt junior Quinton Jefferson and likely would’ve garnered a good amount of playing time, especially given that Darius Kilgo has graduated.

Jones used a redshirt season in 2013 and only appeared against James Madison during his redshirt freshman season. In preparation for the Indiana and Penn State games, the Baltimore native earned scout team defensive player of the week honors.

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Junior Ty Tucker could see time at defensive tackle after his return from a torn ACL that he suffered in 2014. Freshmen Oseh Saine and Adam McLean are listed below Tucker on the depth chart.

McLean is still recovering from a knee injury and is slated to miss most of training camp.

David Shaw and Kingsley Opara are listed at the top of the depth chart at the other defensive tackle position. Shaw showed a ton of promise towards the end of the 2014 season, so he certainly could move over to help out at the other tackle spot if needed.

Coach Randy Edsall spoke highly of Jones during Big Ten Media Day, so this is definitely a blow to the depth at the position. It’ll be interesting to see who steps in and gets the bulk of the snaps that Jones would’ve received.

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