The Washington Times - September 24, 2009, 06:34PM

The one long-term camp injury Maryland dealt with was defensive tackle Joe Vellano‘s stress fracture in his right foot.

His return might be further away than expected.


“It was a bigger break than what they thought,” coach Ralph Friedgen said.

Vellano’s original prognosis was that he might be able to return for the Oct. 3 meeting with Clemson. That would have had him shelved for six weeks.

Go ahead and tack three more weeks onto that —- at least.

“They moved it back to the Duke game [on Oct. 24],” Friedgen said. “I worry about how fast he’s going to be ready after missing all this time. I think what they’re telling me is he’s going to be ready to play for Duke.”

Still, Vellano hasn’t practiced in more than a month, and foot injuries have a way of lingering longer than anticipated. His return would certainly add to Maryland’s defensive line depth, but at this point Maryland is probably best-served viewing any contribution he can make as a bonus.

—- Patrick Stevens