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Terps LB Likely Sidelined

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen just delivered some bad news for Terps fans, saying that linebacker Adrian Moten may have torn ligaments in his wrist. The sophomore will see a doctor Monday. But when asked for an update on Moten, Friedgen said: "Not good."

If Moten, who had an interception and a blocked punt Saturday, is sidelined for any length of time, Friedgen said that safety Antwine Perez could see action at the strong-side linebacker slot.

On the bright side, Friedgen is optimistic that Travis Ivey, Terrell Skinner, Nolan Carroll, Da’Rel Scott and Drew Robinson will return from injuries this week.

Friedgen said that LaQuan Williams and Mack Frost will probably not play against Clemson. And Friedgen will try to pursue a redshirt for Dominique Herald, who tore his ACL on Saturday and is out for the season.

Regarding the struggles of the pass defense: Friedgen said the defense did not play with the same focus it had against California the week before. He said fatigue had something to do with the defense giving up 239 pass yards in the fourth quarter against Cal. But he said Eastern Michigan had some surprises, small tweaks in their offense, against Maryland, and that the Eagles used an effective play-action strategy. “We were very tentative,” Friedgen said.

Regarding Josh Portis: Friedgen said he can’t remember ever seeing a quarterback account for all 80 yards on the ground during a drive, but that’s what Portis did in the fourth quarter Saturday. Portis was used as essentially a running back in the fourth quarter in large part because running backs Davin Meggett was nursing a hamstring injury and Morgan Green still wasn’t 100 percent.

Regarding Obi Egekeze: Friedgen said Egekeze had an “extraordinary” game for a kicker. But he also said that he has to continue to be productive.

What does everyone think of the injury update? Losing Moten hurts, but getting some guys back certainly helps.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 21, 2008; 5:15 PM ET
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I hope Fridge is bluffing about Frost. We need him back. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | September 21, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Loosing Moten hurts. He is my favorite terp on D and he can do it all, play cover and rush the passer which we really need. I hope he gets better soon. Regarding the guys we are getting back I hope we rotate more players so we dont keep hearing guys were tired. I also hope to see Chism on D since we burned his redshirt.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

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