And now, Part Two of the promised look-in on Maryland’s injured players.
With tight end Dave Stinebaugh is done for the year, Justin Anderson and Justin Gilbert are expected to return at some point or another.
When? Anderson was supposed to miss six weeks when he suffered a foot injury in camp, and that six-week window comes up this weekend. Gilbert suffered a second ACL tear in seven months back in early April, and was considered a possibility to return in October.
There’s still some uncertainty, especially with Anderson.
“He’s progressed in terms of what he’s been able to do,” coach Randy Edsall said Thursday. “He’s been out of the walking boot a little bit more. I’m not sure where we’re at from the standpoint of how close he is.”
Edsall said he spoke with Anderson about two weeks ago about the importance of being mentally and physically prepared to contribute when he’s completely healthy. Anderson started all 13 games for the Terrapins at their strong-side defensive end position last year; Maryland recently lost defensive end Isaiah Ross to a left leg injury that could cost him most of this season.
That would make the return of Anderson, who can play inside and outside on the defensive line, particularly welcome from a depth standpoint.
“We’re not thinking about redshirting him at this point in time,” Edsall said.
Gilbert, who started the first three games of 2010 before suffering his first ACL tear, has started to do some work in practice – a hint, perhaps, that an October return could well have been spot-on all along.
“Justin is involved in individual work,” Edsall said. “He hasn’t been involved in any team concept as of yesterday or today.”