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“We’ll put a plan together knowing either one of those guys can go in the game and play at any given time,” Edsall said. “We’ll find out on Saturday what that plan will be.”

Whatever it is, it will be suboptimal compared to how things stood less than three months ago when Brown was poised to start after a full offseason to work in new coordinator Mike Locksley’s system. Instead, the Terps will need multiple starting quarterbacks for the sixth straight year and eighth time in nine seasons.

“It’s a patch-up job at this point,” Francis said. “You have to get guys ready. We have full confidence in Devin and Caleb. Hopefully, they can stay healthy.”

And if they can’t, the Terps will move on just as they have twice already this year.