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Shoulder may KO Terps' QB Hill


COLLEGE PARK - Maryland quarterback Shaun Hill said last night there is a chance he will miss Saturday's game against West Virginia with a right shoulder injury that occurred in the closing minutes of the first half of the season-opening 17-10 victory over Temple last Saturday night at Byrd Stadium.

"It's a mild strain or a mild separation," said Hill. "They're both about the same thing. I'm still sore, especially in the morning. But I'm going to try and play Saturday. I want to play in every game this season. I'm going to take it day-to-day, get my treatment and hope for the best. I want to be back on the practice field as soon as possible."

Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden said, "There is no damage to Shaun's shoulder other than the sprain. It's just some soft tissue soreness. I would expect him to be back by Saturday, but the injury does give Calvin [McCall] a little better chance of starting. I haven't made up my mind who would start if both are healthy."

Hill, a junior college transfer from little Parsons, Kan., said he never lost focus on the game Saturday night even though he was playing before easily the biggest crowd (46,950) of his life.

"Everything went about as I thought it would," he said.

Also, LaMont Jordan missed practice yesterday with a sore lower back, but he is expected to return to workouts later in the week.

"There's some concern over LaMont," said Vanderlinden. "Anytime a guy misses practice you worry a little. But LaMont has dealt with this problem in the past and has played on Saturdays."

Starting strong safety Tony Jackson (Wilde Lake) missed yesterday's short practice with a sore left shoulder and is listed as day-to-day by Vanderlinden.

"You have to be rooting for Tony to get back real soon since he has been bothered by injuries the last two seasons. He had four tackles before getting hurt and we need him back there," the coach said.

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