- The Washington Times - Monday, April 29, 2002

Maryland quarterback Chris Kelley will have his right knee re-evaluated today to determine the extent of the injury suffered in Saturday's Red-White spring game at Byrd Stadium. Kelley, a rising sophomore who was No.1 on the depth chart, was assisted off the field after slipping and getting hit in the first quarter.
Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen categorized the injury to the right knee as a "sprain" Saturday but was unsure of the full extent of the injury. It is feared Kelley tore ligaments that could require a third knee surgery in less than three years and force him out for the upcoming season. The latest setback, however, is not expected to be as serious as the first two were on his left knee.
Team physician Leigh Ann Curl will re-examine the 6-foot-2, 206-pound quarterback today after the swelling goes down. Kelley, a high school All-American from Seneca Valley, missed his entire first season at Maryland after tearing an ACL at a summer prep all-star game. Kelley played sparingly in two games last season after missing the first month of the season while again recovering from another knee surgery, which occurred after a injury at the beach last August.
"I felt bad because he's so injury prone," Maryland receiver Scooter Monroe said after the intrasquad spring game. "He's come along really well in the spring. He's picking up the offense. It's sad to see him go down again. Hopefully it's not so bad."
Kelley is battling West Virginia transfer Scott McBrien for the starting job, with junior college transfer Orlando Evans third in the race. Friedgen said the injury was a "shame" considering all Kelley has been through and that he would pray for his health. But the coach defended his decision to expose his quarterback in the game because Kelley had seen little "live" action over the past two seasons.
"The first game against Notre Dame, I'd like to know if my quarterback can take a hit," said Friedgen, who opens his second season as a coach against the Fighting Irish on Aug.31 in East Rutherford, N.J.

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