Plenty of injuries to go around for Virginia in loss to Maryland
In addition to losing senior cornerback Ras-I Dowling to a left foot injury after Dowling had played just five snaps Saturday, Virginia saw several other players get hurt and be forced to leave the game for varying amounts of time.
With just more than two minutes remaining in the first quarter, senior tailback Keith Payne went down after a gain of two yards and received medical attention on the field. He returned to the game later in that Virginia drive. After tallying 18 carries for 68 yards, Payne left the game in the second half with what Coach Mike London described as a "lower leg injury."
With just more than a minute left in the first quarter, true freshman right tackle Morgan Moses went down during a five-yard rush by Payne. Moses had his right knee examined on the field before being helped to the sideline. Redshirt freshman Sean Cascarano replaced Moses, but was inserted at left tackle. Sophomore Oday Aboushi -- the starting left tackle -- moved over to fill Moses's spot on the right side. Moses returned to the game during the second quarter.
With just more than four minutes remaining in the second quarter, sophomore tailback Perry Jones was injured during a Virginia kickoff return. He suffered what London described as "a collision issue" and did not return to the game.
"It's frustrating that the week before you lose your starting left tackle, and we're a team that can't afford to lose, you know, players, guys that play," London said. "But on the other end, Sean Cascarano, hey look, you've got to play. You've got to step up, and you've got to play. You've got to take the growing pains along with that."
In other injury news, senior linebacker Darnell Carter said he wore a sling Saturday in an attempt to protect a hurt shoulder. He said he could not fully extend both of his arms in his attempt to intercept a Maryland pass late in the third quarter. The ball sailed through Carter's hands and into the arms of Terrapins receiver LaQuan Williams, who turned the play into a 26-yard reception into Virginia territory.
"A missed opportunity, man; that’s all I can say," Carter said. "I couldn’t get my arm up because of my sling."
Carter then gestured to his left shoulder.
"My shoulder was hurting a little bit, so I wore a sling to protect it."
Carter played the entire game and tied for the team-high with nine tackles.
| November 13, 2010; 9:10 PM ET
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