WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Maryland's top two wide receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, suffered lower leg fractures in Saturday's 34-10 loss to Wake Forest and are both likely out for the season.
Long broke his tibia and fibula in his right leg. Diggs broke the fibula in his right leg.
“Yeah, I would think that they would be out for the year,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said.
Long was set to have surgery Saturday night, Edsall added, while Diggs likely will have his operation later this week.
Long was injured while blocking on a rushing play in the second quarter after a Wake Forest defender appeared to roll up on his right leg.
Trainers put an immobilizing brace on the leg after he Long placed on a stretcher and carted off the field in obvious pain. Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson rushed to the ambulance to check on Long.
Diggs, who was injured on a hit after making a 6-yard catch in the fourth quarter, was not immediately taken from the stadium. He was helped to the sideline after appearing to hurt his ankle. He was examined on the bench before being carted out of the stadium with a towel over his head.
“Seeing those guys go down is rough,” said Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe, who missed part of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Asked about Diggs' injury, Rowe said: “Stefon will be OK. Stefon is a gamer.”
Long, a transfer in his first season with the Terps, has 32 catches for 489 yards this season. He had four receptions for 43 yards before being taken away with Wake Forest leading, 10-0.
Diggs, Maryland's best-known player, is also the team's kick returner. He entered Saturday with 26 catches for 520 yards and three touchdowns and had eight receptions for 67 yards against the Demon Deacons.
Diggs also had 178 all-purpose yards, his third-highest total this season. Although he is in his second season, Diggs already has 2,808 career all-purpose yards, 15th most in school history.
Maryland's defense entered the game similarly thinned by injuries. The Terps were playing without cornerbacks Dexter McDougle and Jeremiah Johnson, who started the season. They were also without four linebackers: Matt Robinson (Atholton), Alex Twine, L.A. Goree and Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (Towson High).
Until Saturday, Maryland's offense hadn't been dramatically affected by injuries. Quarterback C.J. Brown missed last week's game against Virginia with a concussion, but the Terps won, 27-26. Against Wake Forest, he struggled under heavy pressure before being replaced in the third quarter by Caleb Rowe.