Maryland tailback Wes Brown will undergo shoulder surgery Friday and miss the rest of the season.
Brown tore the labrum in his left shoulder in an Oct. 6 game against Wake Forest. The injury cost him one game, but he returned and played in three straight games before sitting out last week with an ankle injury.
“The ankle didn’t respond from the standpoint that he could play,” coach Randy Edsall said Thursday. “Let’s get going and get the labrum taken care of.”
Brown’s recovery time is 20 weeks and he is not expected to be ready for spring practice.
Brown leads the Terrapins (4-6, 2-4 ACC) in rushing yards (382) and second in rushing touchdowns (two).
Brandon Ross will presumably start his second straight game Saturday when No. 10 Florida State visits Byrd Stadium.
* Edsall said Maryland plans to have its spring game on April 12, a Friday. It is the first time Maryland will have its spring game on a Friday since 2000.
Edsall said the shift was done to accommodate Maryland’s lacrosse game against Johns Hopkins the next day.
“That lets coach [John] Tillman have center stage against Hopkins,” Edsall said.
* Quarterback C.J. Brown would need to recover from his ACL surgery in about seven months to be ready for spring practice.
That, apparently, is the junior’s plan.
“He’s going to do everything he can to get back,” Edsall said. “I don’t know. We’ll see. But that’s his mindset right now. He wants to be back for spring. I think it will be close.”
Brown, who was Maryland’s unquestioned starter when preseason camp began, suffered his torn ACL in mid-August. The Terps have used three starting quarterbacks since then.
* Redshirt freshman wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro (concussion) is expected to return Saturday after sitting out last week’s game.
* Surgery dates for injured Terps: Quarterback Caleb Rowe has ACL surgery on Friday. Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield has ACL surgery on Tuesday. Wide receiver Kerry Boykins had hip surgery this week.
—- Patrick Stevens