The Washington Times - March 31, 2009, 02:33PM

Just a quick update from Maryland football practice this morning …

* Offensive lineman Justin Gilbert’s injury from the weekend wasn’t quite as bad as first anticipated.

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It still doesn’t sound like a particularly fun experience.

“He broke a bursa sac [in his knee], and that’s why he had such immediate swelling,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “We think he’ll be out this week.”

Gilbert is one of about a dozen young offensive linemen looking to make an impression this spring. It doesn’t appear this is a spring-ender for the redshirt freshman, but it might be tough for him to make it onto the field anyway with Phil Costa entrenched at center.

* There was another injury from the weekend – redshirt freshman Gary Douglas’ ankle woes – that had Friedgen shaking his head.

“He came out here and, typical freshman mistake, he didn’t tape his ankles or have them wrapped, which is mandatory” Friedgen said. “By a running back, no less. He still thinks he’s in high school. He’s limping around a little bit.”

Still, to make it through the first week with those as the new injuries is probably pretty good, especially when it’s placed on the Maryland curve.

More snippets from Ralph (and another goodie or two) throughout the week.

Patrick Stevens