Maryland reserve linebacker Abner Logan has been suspended through the end of the semester for an undisclosed violation of team rules, coach Randy Edsall said Wednesday.
Edsall also said backup defensive lineman Nate Clarke underwent knee surgery this week and "I don't think he’ll be ready for the season."
There was better news on the injury front from top receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs, who have spent the offseason recovering from lower-leg fractures suffered sustained Oct. 19 at Wake Forest.
Long has been participating in 7-on-7 drills and pronounced himself “90 percent” healed.
“I just sort of took a step back to think about the game, be a student of the game,” he told reporters after Wednesday's practice. “Right after I got hurt, I knew that it was going to be a long journey back so I just started thinking, ‘Three months from now I won’t be like this, four months from now I won’t be like this.’ I’ve just got to go in here and rehab. And having Stefon right there with me just made it a whole lot easier.”
Diggs has not participated yet in 7-on-7 non-contact drills with quarterbacks, but that remains a possibility this spring.
There was no further information available on the suspension of Logan. He will be a redshirt sophomore next season and is listed behind inside linebacker L.A. Goree on the spring depth chart. He had 15 tackles against Clemson last season, a career high.
Other spring practice tidbits:
-- Another reserve player, linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr., suffered a meniscus tear and is likey sidelined six to eight weeks, which means he could be back for summer practice.
-- Running back Wes Brown, returning from a suspension from last season, was running with the first team on Wednesday. Edsall noted that Brandon Ross has missed time recently with a hamstring injury, providing opportunities to other tailbacks. Jacquille Veii, also saw time as the first-team running back.
-- At 6-foot-5, Derrick Hayward looks to be a large target at tight end. Maryland is looking at lots of candidates to replace the departed Dave Stinebaugh, who provided good hands and experience at the position.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun