- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A rash of injuries is again threatening to ruin a potentially successful season for Maryland’s football team.

A year ago, the Terrapins lost four quarterbacks as a 4-2 start turned into a six-game losing streak and a 4-8 finish.

The Terrapins were 5-1 this year before their top two receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, each broke a leg last week in a 34-10 loss at Wake Forest.

Diggs and Long are among nine players out for the season, six on defense.

“It’s definitely tough,” quarterback C.J. Brown said Tuesday. “I feel for all those guys, not only Stef and Deon, but all the other guys that have gone down before them. Especially on the defensive side of the ball. So many guys have gotten nicked up. It’s more adversity that this team has to face. We went through it last year.

“But we’re still 5-2. We can write our own story. We’ve got a big game this week that we’re focusing on.”

That would be a homecoming matchup against No. 9 Clemson (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

At this point, it’s unclear who will be throwing the ball for Maryland (5-2, 1-2). Brown sustained a concussion against Florida State on Oct. 5 and was ineffective before being pulled against Wake Forest.

Coach Randy Edsall stressed Tuesday that Brown was removed because he didn’t appear to have completely recovered from his concussion, despite being cleared to play.

“Going into the game I felt really good,” Brown said. “Obviously I took some hits in the game early and coach made his decision.”

Edsall will wait before deciding whether Brown or Caleb Rowe will start against Clemson.

“I’ll take a look this week as we practice and to see where we’re at, then at the end of the week, as we go into the game, we’ll make a decision to who will be the guy that will go,” the coach said.

Brown conceded that he’s feeling the effects of being pounded in the pocket.

“I’m still getting treatment on a lot of things,” the fifth-year senior said. “I’m just trying to take care of my body. That’s the biggest thing.”

The last thing the Terrapins need is to add Brown’s name to an injury list that includes three defensive linemen, two defensive backs and a linebacker.

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