COLLEGE PARK - The status of Maryland starting quarterback C.J. Brown for Saturday's game against Virginia is uncertain. It will remain so until at least Thursday afternoon.
That's when Maryland is required by the Atlantic Coast Conference to release an injury report and Terrapins coach Randy Edsall isn't saying anything until then - if then.
"On Thursday I will put out an injury report, just like I do every Thursday for an ACC game," he said. "We don't talk about injuries during the week. All of the decisions that we make are after practice on Thursday.
We get through the week and see how everybody practices. Guys could be [healthy] today and then all of a sudden something happens on Thursday, so he is out. So no decision is ever made until Thursday after practice, so we can see where we are."
Brown got knocked out - literally - on a hit by Florida State defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel in the second quarter of the eighth-ranked Seminoles' 63-0 rout of the Terrapins. Brown suffered a concussion on the play and did not return to the game.
Brown had released the ball when McDaniel crashed into him, helmet-first, knocking Brown to the ground. The ACC reviewed film of the play, and ruled that the hit did not constitute "targeting," which would have resulted in a one-game suspension for McDaniel.
So, McDaniel will play this week for the Seminoles. Brown's situation is less clear.
"Believe me, we are never going to put any young man on the field with a concussion or any injury unless they are fully able to play and cleared by the medical staff," Edsall said.
Brown was still listed as No. 1 on the Maryland depth chart released this week. But in years past, when there was a question over who might start at quarterback, Edsall refrained from naming a starter until gametime in hopes of throwing off Maryland's opponent.
Brown got off to a fast start this season, completing almost 64 percent of his passes for 1,125 yards and seven touchdowns against one interception. He was also the team's second-leading rusher with 286 yards, a 6.0 average and six more touchdowns.
Maryland has scored 16 touchdowns in four games, and only three of those didn't have anything to do with Brown.
If he cannot play on Saturday, Maryland will turn to sophomore Caleb Rowe - just like it did last year when Brown went down in the preseason and No. 2 Perry Hills went down near mid-season.
Rowe acquitted himself well in his 2012 relief role. He led a last-minute drive against N.C. State that would have resulted in a victory (and a 5-2 Maryland start) if not for Brad Craddock's last-second 33-yard field-goal attempt that thudded off the left upright, dooming the Terrapins to a 20-18 loss. In his lone start against Boston College, he threw for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns and has Maryland in position to win again until the Eagles scored with 52 seconds left to hand Maryland a 20-17 defeat.
Rowe tore up his knee in that game and missed the rest of the season.
This year, he played only sparingly in mop-up duty until Brown went down last week.
"He might not be as quick and shifty as C.J., but he can definitely make the throws," linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil said. "He definitely keeps his eyes downfield and he has the arm."