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Terps lineman Gonnella taken to hospital with blood clot

Maryland TerrapinsRandy EdsallAtlantic Coast Conference

On Wednesday's regular ACC teleconference, Maryland coach Randy Edsall said that injured offensive lineman Andrew Gonnella was taken to a local hospital Tuesday night because of what doctors determined to be a blood clot in his leg.

Gonnella sustained a gruesome injury during last Saturday's 21-16 loss at Georgia Tech. He suffered a dislocated left knee and had to be taken off the field in Atlanta by ambulance to a hospital nearby for surgery.

After returning to College Park Monday night, Gonnella talked with the media on Tuesday about the injury. But Edsall said the former walk-on who became a starter and captain on this year's team suffered "a little bit of a setback" a few hours later.

"He was in my office yesterday and he's finding a way to get out on the field to play," Edsall said. "I told our doctors around 12:30 this morning, 'You've got to do something to keep him off his feet.' He's just so high-strung, a guy who loves to play the game. They might have to keep him in the hospital a little bit longer."

Edsall said that Gonnella is expected to undergo further surgery on the leg.

"His spirits are good, everything else is good. He's going to need a lot of support from all of us," Edsall said. "He's just a wonderful young man and we hope that everything goes according to how everyone thinks it will go. He's still got a tough road ahead of him."

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