The Washington Times - September 5, 2008, 08:23AM

Maryland didn’t produce an injury report for the first game, and it had me wondering whether the school that helped push the idea to the ACC would actually come through.

Last night, after I’d put my laptop away for the night, it did. Oh well, there’s an 11-hour or so delay here.


(And the program that gave us the term “sprained leg” back in 2005 didn’t disappoint in its specificity or lack thereof. On the bright side, at least the Terps have yet to discover the joy of the “upper body injury” so prevalent throughout the NHL playoffs).

So let’s get to it. The injury report contents are in bold; analysis and other comments follow.

Out for Season

Kevin Dorsey (foot): The freshman wideout, spotted around the team house this week on crutches, had surgery on Aug. 25.


Tyler Bowen (leg): The tackle under went left foot surgery in the offseason, and the redshirt freshman is still probably about a month or so away from playing.

Joe Faiella (leg): Another sidelined redshirt freshman lineman on the shelf, Faiella suffered a partially torn left Achilles tendon in the first week of camp.

Travis Ivey (leg): The junior nose tackle broke his left foot in the early stages of camp. Ralph Friedgen said yesterday he hopes for Ivey to be back for the Sept. 27 Clemson game.

Drew Robinson (shoulder): The safety and special teams contributor suffered a dislocated shoulder last month and was expected to miss four weeks. If he stays on that track, he’d be back in another game or two.

Carl Russell (leg): Another defensive lineman with a broken foot, Russell looks a bit more spry than some of the other guys with “leg” injuries on this list. The true freshman is expected to redshirt.

Jordan Steffy (hand): The fifth-year senior quarterback has a fractured right thumb and is out a minimum of three weeks. That would mean a return for the Sept. 27 game at Clemson at the absolute earliest; given the thumb’s importance to a quarterback, that’s probably optimistic. Steffy is the one guy on this list who played in the opener.

Joe Vellano (shoulder): The freshman had offseason shoulder surgery, then dislocated the shoulder in his second practice upon reporting this week.


Morgan Green (leg): The sophomore tailback appears ready to play through his quadriceps injury and could be a contributor this week, especially in pass protection.

—- Patrick Stevens