Maryland defensive end David Mackall “definitely won’t be back before the end of the season,” coach Randy Edsall said Thursday.
Mackall, who was suspended indefinitely Wednesday, has 30 tackles and three sacks for the Terrapins (2-6, 1-4 ACC), who play host to Virginia on Saturday.
The next time the sophomore is seen in a Terps uniform – if at all – is unclear.
“He’s suspended indefinitely,” Edsall said. “Indefinitely could be a long time. When there’s a need to talk about it, I will with regard to that situation.”
Marcus Whitfield is expected to start in Mackall’s place against Virginia, the first of four straight opponents Maryland must defeat to secure bowl eligibility.
Whitfield started Saturday’s loss to Boston College. Edsall said that decision was made because Mackall was late for a meeting the morning of the game.
Mackall is the sixth Maryland player overall and fourth regular to be suspended this season. His suspension will also be the longest of the regulars; wideouts Quintin McCree and Ronnie Tyler served two-game suspensions, while D.J. Adams was held out of the opener.