The Washington Times - August 24, 2012, 12:02PM

Maryland linebacker Kenny Tate will miss three-to-four weeks with a left knee injury, coach Randy Edsall said Friday.

Tate missed the final eight games last season with a knee injury that required surgery. He missed all of spring practice as well. Tate applied for and was granted a medical hardship for last season.

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“It wasn’t because he got hit because he really hasn’t scrimmage at all,” Edsall said. “It was his left knee as opposed to the one hurt before was his right knee. Now this is kind of a similar situation in the left knee.”

With Tate out, sophomore Alex Twine will likely start at strong-side linebacker, a position Edsall has described as one of the more complex in Maryland’s 3-4 defense.

Tate, an all-ACC safety in 2010, was moved to linebacker shortly after Edsall’s hire. Tate had 35 tackles in four games last year before sitting out the final two-thirds of the season.

Twine played in 11 games and made 44 tackles (4.5 for loss). He started four times and earned ACC rookie of the week honors for a 12-tackle outing against Notre Dame.

Patrick Stevens