Tape It Up: Maryland: Hurting All Over

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Maryland: Hurting All Over

The field was rather bare during Maryland's final summer scrimmage this week, as nearly 20 Terps sat out the exercise with various injuries. By far the position hit hardest by the mounting losses is linebacker, where four players are out. But the receiving corps is not far behind - head coach Ralph Friedgen has reported that the Terps' top three receivers all missed the final scrimmage. As if by some cruel joke, that practice actually made matters worse, as another linebacker left the field with an injury.

Junior Erin Henderson, a second-team All-Conference selection in 2006 after missing all of 2005 with an ACL injury, is a projected starter, despite the stinger that kept him out of the scrimmage. Henderson's backup, junior Rick Costa, also saw playing time in all 13 games last season, but has been joining Henderson on the sideline as of late. Junior chase Bullock, who has considerably less experience, is out as well with an ankle injury, and junior Dave Philistin, who had been taking snaps for Bullock, pulled his hamstring last week. And Philistin's backup, freshman Ben Pooler, is out for three weeks, leaving precious few to fill the two-deep at linebacker.

The bad news just keeps coming for Maryland - backup left tackle Paul Pingear is out for three weeks with a knee injury after being carted off the field earlier in the week, so the linebackers will have plenty of company as they struggle to heal as quickly as possible.

There is some good news, as Friedgen expects two of his receivers to return to the field Monday, but the Terps are in big trouble if a significant number of these injuries do not disappear in the next seven days.

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