The Washington Times - April 10, 2009, 10:45AM

A subtle source of Maryland’s offensive struggles is the absence of junior Brian Farrell, who hasn’t played since Feb. 21 because of some cracked ribs.

Remember, that wasn’t a run-of-the-mill injury. Farrell spent a couple nights in a Baltimore hospital and had two liters of fluid drained from his lungs less than two weeks after taking a hit against Air Force.


Since he played in only three games —- which will check in under the NCAA’s redshirt threshold —- he’ll be eligible for an extra year. And you can be sure a decision will be made soon on whether he comes back.

“If he’s not playing in the ACC tournament, he’s redshirting,” coach Dave Cottle said.

That’s just two weeks away. For now, Farrell is doing some stickwork but is still noncontact. Cottle said he is running better, but that Farrell doesn’t have his full pulmonary strength.

So now it’s a waiting game for the Terps (6-4), who could use Farrell’s value in transition this season —- but might just be better off with getting an extra year of him at full strength given what he’s already been through even before the spring arrived.

—- Patrick Stevens