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Terps quarterback C.J. Brown doubtful to play against Virginia

COLLEGE PARK – Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown, a fifth-year senior off to the best start of his career, is doubtful for Saturday's game against Virginia after suffering a concussion last weekend on a jarring hit against Florida State.

Sophomore Caleb Rowe -- a promising passer who is less mobile than the speedy Brown -- is likely to start against the Cavaliers (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Byrd Stadium.

Maryland’s injury report also contains bad news for the Terps about linebacker Matt Robinson (Atholton). Robinson, who has started every game and is tied for the team lead with 31 tackles, is out for Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury.

Robinson, a redshirt junior and former safety, has missed large portions of the last two seasons with injuries. His place is expected to be taken Saturday by junior Alex Twine.

Wide receiver Nigel King (back) is listed as probable. But he lost his starting spot to redshirt freshman Malcolm Culmer, according to the latest depth chart.

Rowe performed capably in relief of Brown on Saturday but couldn’t produce a score in a 63-0 loss to the Seminoles. It was the worst defeat in terms of point margin for Maryland (4-1, 0-1 ACC) in 20 years.

Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said Rowe performed "OK" in the game.

"As I told him after the game, I thought Caleb came in and executed a lot better than what I would have expected," Locksley said.

For the season, Rowe is 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) for 163 yards with no touchdown passes and one interception. He started one game last season, a 20-17 loss at Boston College in which he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The concussion is not expected to keep Brown sidelined for an extended period of time. The quarterback had no known history of concussions before the Florida State game.

He has been undergoing a series of tests this week to determine if he is symptom-free.

Brown – whose father Clark was a quarterback at Michigan State -- was left dazed when slammed in the chest by Florida State’s Jacobbi McDaniel after releasing a pass in the second quarter.

Doug Rhoads, the ACC’s coordinator of officials, reviewed the play this week and determined that a roughing penalty would have been appropriate. No flag was thrown.

Brown – who missed last year after suffering an ACL tear --  was a career 49.1 percent passer entering this season. He was better known for his prowess as a runner than as a passer.

But he is 72-for-113 (63.7 percent) this season with seven touchdown passes and one interception. Often running the read-option, he has rushed for 286 yards (6.0 average per carry).

(Scroll down for the full injury report)

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

vs. Virginia

    

Position

Name

Injury

Status

DB

Milan Collins

Ankle

Out for the season

OL

JaJuan Dulaney

Knee

Out for the season

DB

Dexter McDougle

Shoulder

Out for the season

DL

Mike Minter

Knee

Out for the season

DL

Ty Tucker

Knee

Out for the season

WR

Tyrek Cheeseboro

Head

Out

RB

Tyler Cierski

Calf

Out

K

Adam Greene

Quad

Out

DB

Jeremiah Johnson

Toe

Out

OL

Nick Klemm

Foot

Out

LB

Matt Robinson

Shoulder

Out

QB

C.J. Brown

Head

Doubtful

WR

Daniel Adams

Knee

Probable

OL

Silvano Altamirano

Back

Probable

LB

Cole Farrand

Hand

Probable

WR

Nigel King

Back

Probable

TE

Dave Stinebaugh

Knee

Probable

DL

Zeke Riser

Foot

Probable

 

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