The Washington Times - November 11, 2008, 09:20PM

I’ll have more on this evening’s interview with Maryland cornerback Kevin Barnes tomorrow.

But for now … he has some good news.


The senior, who thought he’d be out for five-to-six months months, now has a chance to perhaps be back for the Senior Bowl in late January.

Barnes, who injured his left shoulder Oct. 18 against Wake Forest, is nearly two weeks removed from surgery. The initial diagnosis sounded like a complete destruction of the joint —- torn labrum, torn rotator cuff, fractured collarbone, fractured shoulder blade.

Turns out it wasn’t nearly so bad.

“Once he got in there, the rotator cuff healed itself in that week and a half,” Barnes said. “The shoulder blade healed itself. They had to put a pin in my collarbone and they pulled up my biceps to anchor my shoulder so it’ll never slide out of place again.”

That’s a lot better than originally anticipated. As Ralph Friedgen would say, better to be pleasantly surprised than bitterly disappointed.

Barnes begins his rehab process tomorrow, and will be out of a sling in another two weeks. While he could be back for the Senior Bowl if he really pushes things, it seems certain he’ll be ready to go for the NFL Draft combine and other workouts well after New Year’s,

—- Patrick Stevens