- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 27, 2002

DURHAM, N.C. Bruce Perry took the ball in the backfield, broke through the line and made three shifty moves for a 19-yard gain. It was the highlight of a bleak year so far for the star tailback but it didn't last long.
On the play, Perry suffered a strain to his sterno-clavicular, described as where the collarbone meets the breastbone below his left shoulder. The injury was the latest in a series of setbacks for last season's ACC Offensive Player of the Year. He was injured on his first play since tearing a groin muscle in preseason practice.
"I don't know how long he will be out for now," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said. "I feel bad for the kid. He can't seem to catch a break. If it's not one thing, it's another. This will test his character right now. We'll see what he's made of."
Perry slumped on a metal bench on the sideline by himself with his jersey and shoulder pads off after being evaluated by the training staff. He was soon carted off for further evaluation before returning to watch his teammates batter Duke 45-12. Perry will have an MRI tomorrow and is questionable for Saturday's game at North Carolina.
Perry, who declined to speak to the media yesterday, gained 1,242 yards rushing last season. He first had an abdominal strain while practicing for last season's Orange Bowl, and missed spring practice after having surgery. Perry was finally getting close to game shape before the groin tear in August, and recently a series of smaller setbacks had delayed his return.
"It was such an unfortunate event for Bruce to have such a great run and then go down like that," fellow tailback Chris Downs said. "I think he is going to bounce back from it soon."
The Terps and Perry can only hope.

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