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COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland sophomore running back Larry Washington probably will have to wait until the middle of next week to learn if he will be charged by police for his role in an incident involving stolen checks and credit cards.

Lt. Don Smith, a university police spokesman, had said the department expected to complete its investigation this week, but that it now needs more time to develop "a complete picture."

Terps receiver Kevin Washington, a redshirt freshman out of Dunbar High, was arrested last week on theft and forgery charges, and both Washingtons, who are unrelated, were suspended indefinitely from the team by coach Mark Duffner.

Larry Washington, a Randallstown High grad, said he used one of the credit cards to purchase a pair of tennis shoes and some clothes, but that he returned them to the police.

"In a case such as this, there is the potential of generating more charges," Smith said. "The investigating officer, detective Mark Garnsey, wants to determine the number of checks and credit card charges before considering any action. He expects to complete the investigation the middle of next week."

Meanwhile, Duffner said he will use tomorrow's scrimmage, which is closed to the public, to "evaluate where we are after a series of tough two-a-day practices."

It will be the coaches' first look during training camp at players under game conditions.

"We need to teach them to play at game pace," running backs coach John Baxter said. "They have to feel what that's like.

"During practice, we stop and take time to correct mistakes. In a game you only have 25 seconds between plays. We have to build up from running 30 plays at game pace to the 80 or 90 we'll run during a regular-season game."

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