The Washington Times - October 2, 2012, 04:36PM

Maryland kicker Nick Ferrara’s return is still at least a few weeks away.

Ferrara is in a period of mandated rest as he recovers from his latest hip injury. Ferrara, who was shut down in the middle of preseason camp, visited with a doctor in New York on Sept. 21 and was prescribed three weeks of rest.

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Based on that timeline, Ferrara would not be available for a full week of practice until after Maryland’s Oct. 13 game against Virginia.

“I’m not sure yet if Nick will be back for the season. …,” coach Randy Edsall said. “They just told him he needs to have rest. After that, we’ll see where he’s at. I don’t know if he’ll be kicking at all this year. I’m just waiting to see what the doctors tell me.”

Ferrara, a senior, did not redshirt earlier in his career and would be eligible for a fifth year if he does not play this season. Freshman Brad Craddock is handling Maryland’s placekicking and kickoff duties in place of Ferrara, who ranks ninth in school history with 30 field goals.

Ferrara injured his hip last year and underwent offseason hip surgery. He did not participate in spring practice before returning for some work in August.

Patrick Stevens