COLLEGE PARK — Fifth-year Maryland linebacker Kenny Tate — who missed all but four games last season with a right knee injury — will be sidelined three to four weeks with an injury to the his left knee.
It's the latest preseason blow to ther Terps' defense. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe had knee surgery this week and is out for the year. Defensive lineman Keith Bowers (unspecified) and defensive backs Matt Robinson (shoulder), A.J. Hendy (ankle) and Isaac Goins (mononucleosis) are sidelined for various periods.
"Injury is a part of the game," coach Randy Edsall said after practice Friday, the last day of training camp. "It's unfortunate, it really is, but I think there are some guys that have had the opportunity to really step up. You see some good things out of them."
Maryland will break camp and switch to its normal in-season schedule this weekend in preparation for the Sept. 1 opener against William & Mary.
Tate said during the spring that his right knee felt "100 percent." Still, coaches restricted his practices. During August camp, he was practicing but still limited.
"This is now a similar situation, but in the left knee," Edsall said. "He just has some cartilage issues there. The injury wasn't because he got hit because he really hasn't scrimmaged at all."
Ferrera won't punt
Senior Nick Ferrara had said during the spring that he would be pleased to handle field goals, kickoffs and punts this season.
It was uncertain then whether coaches were going to let him perform all three tasks. He's done all three in the past.
Now it looks like Ferrara won't be the punter. Edsall said earlier in the week that he would like Ferrara to focus on kicking. That leaves the punting to either Brad Craddock, who is in his first season from Australia, or redshirt freshman Nate Renfro.
"Those two guys are battling it out, and it's a good competition," Edsall said.
Ferrara said he won't mind not being the punter, although he would have happily taken on that role if asked. "It's difficult to do all three. It's different swings," he said.
Asked about Craddock — whose media availability is limited by the school because he is a freshman — Ferrara said: "He talks differently. He's got different words like 'mate.' He's an interesting character."
Terps host critically ill children
Working with the Casey Cares Foundation, Maryland hosted a group of critically-ill children at its practice Friday
Based in Baltimore, Casey Cares is a non-profit organization that provides programs for kids with leukemia, brain tumors and other serious ailments.
The kids mingled with players, coaches and media and were treated to lunch.