The Cavalcade of Injuries Continue

9/21/2010 12:00:54 PM Left tackle Justin Gilbert will miss the remainder of the season, according to numerous sources, another in a long, long list of injuries for the Terps through the season's first three weeks. There were a number of lineup change options that the coaches had to choose from, but they decided to go with the one that was horribly unsuccessful on Saturday, shifting R.J. Dill to LT, and letting RS Freshman Pete DeSouza fill in at RT. DeSouza was absolutely schooled time and time again, leading to WVU accumulating 8 sacks when they had not recorded one in their previous two games.

Let's try to count the injuries we've had so far to guys who were expecting to receive significant playing time: the tight ends (Devonte Campbell, Lansford Watson, Will Yeatman), Ben Pooler, C.J. Brown, Danny O'Brien's ankle scare, Jamarr Robinson's shoulder issues this week, the cramps during Saturday's game, Darin Drakeford, Marcus Whitfield, and Gary Douglas and Emani Lee-Odai, who were inactive last week.

That's not an unreasonable number of injuries over the course of a full season, but for the first three weeks, that list is far too long. Then when one considers that the majority of injuries are bunched in three positions: tight end, quarterback and linebacker. The depth at all three positions were considered strengths going into training camp. The team is now dangerously shallow at all three positions, which means redshirts are going to start getting torched pretty soon (Devin Burns) and true freshmen, besides David Mackall, Matt Robinson and Desmond Kearse, will be thrust into action.

We're not Florida, Alabama, Ohio State or Texas. We don't have waves of four-and-five-star recruits waiting in the wings for their shot. The guys who are filling in are those who are only at Maryland because it was the only BCS school to offer them, and some of them (such as our tight ends) don't even have scholarships.

I don't know when our team became the 2009 Mets, but whatever our coaches can do to curb injuries, they have got to start doing it. I don't know if that means less or more contact during practice, more or less time in the weight room/whirlpool/massage table/classroom, but if the trend of escalating injuries continue, this season will start to look a lot like last season in no time.
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