The Washington Times - September 4, 2008, 07:36PM

Want a guy who can’t buy a break? Try Maryland freshman defensive lineman Joe Vellano.

While not necessarily high on the list of guys expected to contribute this year —- he wasn’t even in camp after shoulder surgery —- he is someone who might be able to help down the road.


But not if he can’t avoid injuring his shoulders.

Vellano dislocated his left shoulder Wednesday —- an injury Ralph Friedgen grudgingly conceded today. So according to Ralph, that makes three times Vellano has messed up his shoulder.

“That could be it for him,” Friedgen said. “I don’t know how many times we can operate on his shoulder. I don’t know if there’s anything left in there.”

That’s not an encouraging prognosis. And after the son of Paul Vellano —- a defensive tackle whose last name is on the facade of the upper deck at Byrd Stadium because he was a second-team All-America pick in 1973 —- already grayshirted last year, he might get the program’s hard-luck award for the year.

—- Patrick Stevens